Deila stress key qualities Celtic have in two areas

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is pleased with his defence and midfield following the club's latest win in the Champions League.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s got extreme confidence in the club’s defence and midfield.

Deila was happy with both areas of the team following Celtic’s narrow 1-0 victory against Qarabag in their latest game, in pursuit of the Champions League group stage.

Deila has also stressed the need for the Bhoys to have a strong team unit in order to deal with the challenges coming at the club over the next few months.

“First of all, we need a team - I believe in my players,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“I think we are individually good and have strong qualities - We have speed in the team and hard-working players in midfield and strong in defence.”

“The two central defenders were class.”

The Celtic defence

Deila deserves credit because he’s done well to keep the back four relatively settled and similar to last season.

Despite the exit of Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata has come in and there is a real feeling of familiarity surrounding the backline.

That’s allowed the confidence which was shown last season to be maintained over the summer, heading into the return of the domestic season.

The Celtic midfield

The same could be said of the Celtic midfield, with the trio of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen all having stayed together, with the opportunity to continue working and developing to become a more effective midfield unit.

There are maybe one or two questions hanging over the wider areas of the side, but continuity through the middle will make Celtic a very difficult team to break down.

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