Celtic misfit Stefan Scepovic explains what Deila told him after 'frustrating' debut season

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic has admitted that his first season at the club was 'frustrating'.

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic has told The Herald that his first season at the club was 'frustrating' - and he had to have talks with Ronny Deila as a result.

Scepovic, 25, joined Celtic last summer having impressed in Spain, hitting 23 goals in 41 games for Sporting Gijon before his move to Glagow.

However, the Serbian international struggled to make an impact last season, scoring six goals in 25 games as manager Deila preferred to use either Leigh Griffiths or John Guidetti as the lone striker in his 4-2-3-1 system.

With the summer transfer window open, some have wondered whether Celtic would part ways with Scepovic less than a year sine his arrival, and the striker has now discussed his future.

Scepovic has opened up to The Herald about his debut season with Celtic, stating that he was 'frustrated' having barely featured, and admitted that he had to speak to manager Deila about the situation - with the Norwegian telling him he would need at least a year to adjust to life in Scotland.

"Wherever I have played I have always scored goals or helped with assists, but it has been hard adapting to Scottish football," said Scepovic. "There are many long balls and this has been a shock to me. I spoke with the manager Ronny Deila and he told me he knew that it would take me a season to adjust."

"I was frustrated because I wasn't playing, but after my conversation with the coach I understand it won't just happen for me overnight. It's a matter of adapting and having continuity. I take comfort from the fact I scored two goals in four games in the Europa League," he added.

What does next season hold for Scepovic?

Scepovic's debut season was far from impressive, and with Deila expecting better in his second campaign, the Serbian must improve.

Griffiths will remain a prominent figure in the Celtic attack, but with Deila expected to sign another striker this summer after Guidetti's loan stay from Manchester City ended, Scepovic could again find first-team opportunities hard to come by.

However, this summer, Scepovic will receive a full pre-season with Celtic, something he didn't get last year - so whilst his debut season was underwhelming, there may be better times ahead for Scepovic.

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