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Tom Boyd: What I've noticed about Celtic's style under Ronny Deila

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Former Celtic defender Tom Boyd feels the Bhoys are playing a brand of football, which pleases fans.

Former Celtic defender Tom Boyd told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s been impressed by the style which has developed at his old club under manager Ronny Deila.

Deila guided Celtic to a domestic double in his first season at Parkhead, which was based around an entertaining and high pressing form of football.

It’s a style which demands a high level of fitness from Celtic’s players but is one that will ultimately give the team a better chance of maintaining their success next season.

“Ronny has got the whole team trying to win possession back as soon as the ball is lost and once they get it they are very good at keeping it,” he said.

“The style of football has denied the opposition many chances in front of goal and has seen Celtic play the game pretty high up the pitch.”

“I think it is a way of playing that has pleased a lot of people. It is good to watch.”

Celtic are at their very best when they give the back four a chance of nudging higher up the pitch, which provides the midfield with more control in terms of dictating an important match.

That incessant need to hunt the ball down and win back possession is also important, because it gives the team a better chance of keeping up the pressure over their opposition.

If they can win the ball back quickly in the opponent’s final third, it decreases the need for lengthy build up play.

It’s important the team shows patience against sides that defend well, but constant waves of attacks can be draining for the opposition to deal with.

It’s a case of tweaking things slightly for Deila, rather than making wholesale changes as he looks to reinvent Celtic for the next campaign.

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