David Moyes raves about Ronny Deila, believes Celtic have made 'good signings'

David Moyes In Emirates Press Conference

David Moyes has heaped praise on Celtic manager Ronny Deila.

Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has told The Herald that Celtic manager Ronny Deila has made 'good signings' during his first year in charge.

Deila, 39, had earned a strong reputation for himself in his native Norway with Stromsgodset, but was certainly a surprise choice as Celtic named him their new manager last summer after the departure of Neil Lennon.

The Bhoys boss may have ended the season with league and cup trophies, but his reign in Glasgow didn't get off to the best of starts.

Champions League qualifier defeats to Legia Warsaw and Maribor meant the Bhoys had to settle for a Europa League place, and sections of the Celtic support started to question whether Deila was the right choice.

Deila has now proven that he is the right man to lead Celtic in years to come, and ahead of his side's pre-season friendly against Real Sociedad, manager Moyes - a former Celtic player himself - has told The Herald that he has been impressed by Deila's first year in charge, particularly with his signings.

"Ronny Deila pretty much achieved what was asked of him in his first season," said Moyes. "He is a young coach and had never worked in the UK so he had to be given time to adjust and for his ideas to be implemented."

"Being the manager of Celtic is a huge job and very few will be able to understand the enormity of the task and the day-to-day attention and focus on the manager. Taking all things into account, I think he had a very good first season. He won the league and also made good signings," he added.

Who have been Deila's best signings?

Deila's summer signings last year were a mixed bag; the likes of Jo Inge Berget, Mubarak Wakaso, Aleksandar Tonev and Stefan Scepovic struggled to make an impact, though Jason Denayer and John Guidetti were first team regulars.

In January, Celtic snapped up Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong from Dundee United, and both players impressed in their limited appearances for the Bhoys.

This summer, Deila has managed to bring in Logan Bailly, Dedryck Boyata, Saidy Janko and Nadir Ciftci, with high expectations for Boyata and Ciftci, who are predicted to be big contributors next term.

Denayer, Guidetti, Mackay-Steven and Armstrong are the most impressive so far, but this summer's crop could give him even more successes.

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