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One week until pre-season: Three things Ronny Deila will be focusing on

The majority of Celtic's squad will report back for pre-season training this time next week.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins told talkSPORT that the club’s squad will report back for pre-season training this time next week ahead of the new season.

Celtic’s participation in qualifiers for the Champions League, means their season starts earlier than the majority of other sides and Ronny Deila will have to quickly slip back into a positive mind-set as he looks to move the club forward.

He was brilliant in his first season in charge at Parkhead, guiding his team to a domestic double, but he has a number of challenges he’ll have to deal with when everyone gets back together again next week.

The first issue that Deila will have to get to grips with is the fitness of his players.

Some Celtic players have had plenty of time off looking back to last season whereas others such as captain Scott Brown, played for Scotland as recently as last weekend.

Deila has to judge who needs extra time off and who he can push hard in pre-season, with fitness testing designed to get the players back to a decent physical state.

It’s difficult for Deila because he’ll have an idea of the side he wants to feature in the European qualifiers and he has to judge the balance over which players to use perfectly.

The second issue that will be on Deila’s mind is transfers and how he improves his squad in key areas.

Dedryck Boyata has already been drafted in but the boss will have ideas over how he can improve his squad while also ensuring that he doesn’t lose any key players, who were integral to his team last season.

Thirdly Deila will quickly need to reassess his tactics, which for the majority of the last campaign, were spot on.

Teams in Scotland and across Europe now know how he likes his team to play and the key areas and players.

It’s important that while improving the fitness levels of his players in pre-season, Deila also needs to reinvent the game plan he likes to use to ensure that his team are unpredictable for their opposition.

If he makes the right calls in each area, Celtic won’t go far wrong.

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