Celtic manager Ronny Deila has delivered a very clear and precise message to the club’s youngsters, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
Deila is excited about the potential and the talent in the youth ranks at Parkhead, but is wary of giving younger players a regular first team chance before they have earned a right to represent the senior side.
“You never give someone something just to give it. They have to deserve it. Then you give it to them,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I can see talent. Luke Donnelly (who started against Den Bosch) was very good on Wednesday. KT (Tierney) did well also, so you see people coming forward.”
“To be a Celtic player, you need to really develop all the time and they have still a bit to go.”
Youngsters are imperative for Celtic and Deila
The younger players at Parkhead are vital for the Norwegian because of a number of reasons.
They are the future and represent the coming generations, which will give Celtic a very strong spine of players, who identify with the nature and history of the club, which simply doesn’t come with some foreign arrivals.
The youngsters are also a very good source of new players for Deila to draw on and they give him options when the first team goes through difficult periods with injuries or suspensions.
Caution to the wind
Throwing younger players into the first team is risky because they simply don’t have the same sort of experience as older and more mature players.
Deila is smart to nurse them into the first team setup via training sessions, which allows them to get a taste of the sort of standard expected, when there does come a time when they are thrown into the first team.