Celtic manager Ronny Deila explained in a press conference covered by the club’s official Twitter account and website, that he feels it’s vital for the club’s youngsters to be included in the first team setup at Parkhead.
Deila was speaking after Celtic’s official return for pre-season training ahead of the new season, with the first training sessions including a number of younger players.
Deila also explained that he’s happy with the squad he’s got available, suggesting that the summer isn’t entirely about making signings and adding more players into the equation.
RD: "You saw today that there were a lot of youngsters training because we had room for them and that’s important for the future." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) June 24, 2015
RD: "Very happy with the squad we have. We need a smaller squad as well. It’s not just about getting players in." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) June 24, 2015
Encouragement for the youngsters
Celtic is a football club where the weight of expectation and the pressure is huge.
That puts the manager under pressure because it effectively ties his hands in terms of risks he can take and throwing younger players into his side.
Deila needs to find sustainable ways that he can encourage the younger players at the club, urging them to work hard in their pursuit of a chance in his first team.
Are further transfers needed?
Deila will likely make further signings this summer with one or two additions in key areas of the squad.
However, the club’s youth ranks provide him with a variety of players he can call on if he feels he needs a fresh option.
It’s likely to be a reactionary window for Celtic, because Deila will point out that this is a group of players who have just done a domestic double and a group which doesn’t need mass tweaking.