Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton told the Glasgow Evening Times that everyone in the club’s current squad is busting a gut to play.
Bitton feels Ronny Deila is leading a situation where the players are competing with each other in terms of trying to force their way into the first team, which is an undoubtedly positive characteristic of the current side.
He can also speak from the experience of trying to force his way into the side before he became a vital part of the club’s midfield alongside Scott Brown and Stefan Johansen last season.
“Everybody wants to play, and when you play, you are happy and everything is good for you. But football is a game where you can’t influence what happens tomorrow. Today it’s me. Tomorrow it could be another guy,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I said before that everybody wants to play. When you don’t play you just want to change that. It was never about leaving Celtic as such, it was about getting game time.”
Healthy squad competition
Squad competition is healthy and something which will benefit Celtic in a number of different ways.
It’s something which will stop any player from becoming complacent because they know that if they take their eye off of the ball, Deila will get them out of the side and put someone in who is willing to work hard and do a job effectively.
It’s also a quality which will increase the intensity of training sessions, making everyone a little bit sharper and a little more precise in terms of the work they’re doing away from the pitch.
Bitton has the experience of recent frustrations in terms of his squad position, but he’s evidence of what can be achieved for any Celtic player willing to work hard.