Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times where he feels the club need to improve moving forward.
Deila was frustrated by an element of his team’s performance last night against FC Stjarnan, despite a comfortable 4-1 win for the Bhoys in their latest Champions League qualification game.
Celtic went 1-0 behind on the night, giving the Icelandic team a glimmer of hope in terms of making it through, but the Scottish team’s quality told over the course of 90 minutes.
“We need to improve - I think we were a bit sloppy at the start of the game but we got the goal and we knew things were happening,” Deila is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
A little complacency?
Deila would never admit it but it could have been the case that there was a little bit of complacency at the start of the game from the Bhoys.
Celtic had a nice 2-0 cushion and were caught napping, but once they realised the seriousness of the situation, they stepped up the pace and made sure that there were no mistakes in making it through to the next stage.
It wasn’t a cloak and dagger situation, but creates an opportunity for Deila to remind his players of the importance of starting well in all games.
Importance of the Champions League
It’s extremely important for Celtic to ensure that they make it through to the group stage of the Champions League.
They need to ensure qualification, which will give the club a financial boost and it’s something which will also prove useful for Deila in the transfer market.
Any club with Champions League football in the bank is a more attractive proposition to a potential new signing.