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Collins explains why Celtic are under pressure in the transfer market

Celtic assistant John Collins has confirmed the club are actively working on transfer plans.

Celtic assistant boss John Collins told talkSPORT that the club are working hard to get new players in at Parkhead.

Collins explained that the club are battling hard in a competitive transfer market, to try and give manager Ronny Deila different options before the club’s qualification campaign for the Champions League begins.

With Celtic’s squad due back for pre-season training this time next week, there is a real pressure on the club and the manager.

“Every team are trying to get a couple in and hopefully we can before the Champions League qualifiers – They come think and fast the games for us at the start of the season – We’re back next week, June 23, it’s an early start because we’ve got the qualifiers,” he said.

The problem for Celtic is that they need to try and get agreements concluded quickly, which will give them access to new players.

Some Celtic stars like Scott Brown won’t have a great deal of time off this summer, but others who didn’t feature in the latest round of international games, will be behind in terms of their fitness.

Deila needs extra options in his squad because it’s important he has fresh and fit options for when Celtic try to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

It’s also going to be important looking ahead to a long season, because injuries will pile up alongside suspensions and he needs several good options in different positions around the team.

What’s encouraging is that Celtic aren’t resting on their laurels, as the deal for Dedryck Boyata shows. Hopefully one or two more deals can follow in the next couple of weeks.

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