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Sutton describes the sort of players he wants to see at Celtic

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has suggested the sort of players Ronny Deila needs in his first team.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has explained to the Scotsman, the sort of players he wants to see representing his old side.

Celtic face a very important match tomorrow night as they aim to qualify for the Champions League group stage, alongside the pressure for Ronny Deila to maintain he domestic success which was achieved during his first season with the Bhoys.

The weight of pressure and expectation hanging over the club requires big personalities to be able to deal with that and Sutton has suggested what sort of qualities Deila needs to keep in his team.

“I like players who have fire in their belly and he (Nadir Ciftci) just needs to control that. There are going to be times when he does overstep the mark,” Sutton told the Scotsman.

“I look back over the course of time to players I played with – big John Hartson, Neil Lennon and Craig Bellamy were all players who without that edge would have been lesser players.”

Common sense needed

There is nothing wrong with Nadir Ciftci or any other Celtic player injecting some passion and real fire into the first team.

The most important thing is that the manager and the players inject some common sense into the situation, realising when they are stepping close to the mark and adjusting accordingly.

Controlled aggression can really put the opposition onto the back foot and could make the difference in some tense situations next season.

Deila can’t carry all of the responsibility for that on his own and he needs his key players like Virgil van Dijk (if he stays) and Scott Brown among others, to be his leaders in the pitch and to recognise the situations where a numerical disadvantage could seriously cost the club.

Hopefully the positive fire in the belly of Celtic’s players will create more positives than negatives over the next ten months.

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