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McKinlay: Deila is probably looking for two players in every position

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Former Celtic defender Tosh McKinlay has predicted Ronny Deila's likely approach over transfers for the rest of the summer.

Former Celtic defender Tosh McKinlay has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels Ronny Deila will take his time over making changes at Parkhead.

Deila has already been active in the transfer market by signing Dedryck Boyata and McKinlay doesn’t think the Norwegian is about to jump into moves for players, as he looks at ways to improve his squad ahead of the new season.

“I think Celtic will take their time and bring in the players that they think will win them another championship,” he said.

“The manager has got to look at every department and see if he can strengthen - They are probably looking at two players for every position.”

Is Deila taking a risk by biding his time?

Deila is under a bit of pressure because Celtic’s season starts earlier than the majority of the club’s rivals.

That puts pressure on him if he wants new players, because they will need time to settle into the squad, getting to know their teammates.

They will also need time to get up to speed in terms of fitness and fitting in with the ethos that Deila has developed in that area.

Where does Deila still need new players?

Deila has a number of areas, which arguably still need to be improved.

The two obvious areas are out wide and up front, with the Norwegian likely to be keen in bringing in some support and competition for Leigh Griffiths in attack.

He may also need another centre back signing, especially if Virgil van Dijk can’t be convinced that his future lays at the club.

His central midfield options are solid, as are his full-back choices and he can funnel any funds he’s given to spend into specific areas.

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