Speaking to the official Celtic website, Ronny Deila admitted that he wants to possess a smaller squad by the start of next season.
The Norwegian boss said: “We have many players but we need a smaller squad as well. It’s not just about getting players in, it’s also about having the right squad going into the season.”
Whilst the Bhoys did possess a large squad during the 2014/15 season, it is a surprise to see Deila want a small one in time for next term.
With ambitions to play in the Champions League, and the need to challenge on three fronts for silverware, Celtic need a squad with real depth.
Of all the teams in Scotland, the Hoops are the only one who require a squad with two quality starting XI’s, and Deila is wrong to claim he needs a smaller squad.
However, he does need to change something with his squad, and whilst it is not the size of it, it is the strength in depth. A lot of the back-up players he can call upon are nowhere near good enough for Champions League football, and would struggle to put up a title challenge in the SPFL if forced to play every week.
The need to improve the strength in depth is apparent, and Deila should not be looking to trim down his squad, but improve it.