Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels chemistry if the key to the new signings settling in with the rest of the squad.
Bitton has suggested that the Celtic squad isn’t quite there yet in terms of the way they have gelled ahead of the new Scottish Premiership season.
Celtic have endured a decent pre-season thus far, with progression to the next round of Champions League qualifying after a win against FC Stjarnan last night.
“We try to improve every day in training. We have new guys coming in and we try to improve our chemistry,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But we will do that. We will get better with more training and games together.”
It’s all about balance
There is a real pressure at Celtic for any new signing coming in at Parkhead, which creates the feeling that new players have to do well instantly.
Celtic is a massive club with a great deal of expectation and it’s important that there is a balance between adhering to the pressure as well as giving individuals the time and space to relax into their Celtic careers.
It’s the responsibility of the manager Ronny Deila to step in and try new ideas and systems, if he feels the chemistry is lacking between the new players and the more established Celtic stars.
There is also always going to be a risk that the morale of new players could suffer, if they are initially pushed too hard in training and games.
Deila is not a naïve manager and with players such as Dedryck Boyata, Nadir Ciftci and anyone else who may join the club this summer, he’ll have ideas and sound judgement over how to get the best from his new signings.