Ronny Deila comments on strength of Celtic's squad following Dundee United victory

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila says the depth of Celtic's squad is a 'good thing'.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told the club's official website that he is happy with the strength of his squad following the 3-1 win over Dundee United today.

Deila saw his side win 3-2 against Malmo in midweek, but with a second leg to come, the Bhoys manager decided he would prioritise the club's Champions League hopes by resting a host of first team players.

The likes of Craig Gordon, Dedryck Boyata, Virgil van Dijk, Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen were all left out as Deila made a host of changes to his first team for the trip to Dundee United earlier today.

It didn't matter for Celtic though, as they coasted to victory over Jackie McNamara's side, with Leigh Griffiths, a Mark Durnan own goal and Callum McGregor handed the Bhoys a 3-1 victory at Tannadice.

Speaking to the club's official website after the game, Deila said that he was delighted with his side's display - and noted that the strength of his squad enables Celtic to make a number of changes to their side without losing much of their quality.

"You saw it against Rennes that we have a lot of players who can go in and do a job now," said Deila. "It’s not just the first-team players and regulars that are improving, it’s the players behind and that makes the whole training and squad better and better. That’s a good thing for us to know that we can put on nine changes and win games away in the Premiership," he added.

Now, Celtic can head to Sweden on Tuesday with their star players back in action, having kept up their Scottish Premiership title aspirations with a patchwork side - and that will give Deila confidence that Celtic can compete in a number of competitions this season.

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