Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has told the Glasgow Evening Times what he likes about manager Ronny Deila.
Deila enjoyed a good first season in charge of the Bhoys following a difficult start, where the club failed to qualify for the Champions League.
It was a challenging period for the Norwegian but McAvennie has explained what he likes about the man who will be looking to build on the domestic double achieved last season.
“I have a lot of faith in the manager. He recovered from a difficult few months in his early stage of the job but I think he has shown that he is a real thinker about football and the team has played some decent football,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But he will know himself that where he will be judged is in Europe and what he can do with Celtic. He will have spent months planning these games.”
Europe will be a step up for Deila
Qualifying for the Champions League is an achievement that Deila hasn’t already managed at the club.
It’s a box he needs to tick and one which is vital for the club this season because of the financial reasons involved, as well as the fact that it subjects Celtic’s players to a higher level of quality.
It’s also a competition which will test out the thinking and tactical qualities, which McAvennie has hinted at.
Should Celtic qualify, they are likely to go up against some very experienced European sides, which will make it difficult for the Bhoys to get results and Deila must make sure that he’s got a few aces tucked away he can use at key moments.