Celtic boss Deila has come under criticism recently for the treatment of his players.
Deila has taken to the Daily Record to explain that he needs all his Celtic players to know that he loves them, regardless of whether he treats them poorly after they have performed well or criticised the head coach.
Deila said: “The one thing everyone has to know, and I think it is important, that you can do everything you want with a player or as a person, as long as you love them. If you don’t love them, they feel that you are after them. That is the key in everything. You need to have players that you love, that you want the best for you and the players have to want the best for each other. At the bottom of every conflict you have to really want the other person well.”
Deila was speaking in the wake of two separate incidents involving his Celtic first-team members, having seen Kris Commons react poorly to his substitution in the loss to Molde last week, and then having to deal with a bust-up between Emilio Izaguirre and Nadir Ciftci yesterday.
Deila has no problem with being critical and harsh on his players, as he knows that they will learn best and do well after the criticism, but he wants to know that he loves all his players regardless of what he says.
He is critical because he wants them to do well, and the only way his players can improve is if they remove the aspects of their game which do not fit in with being a professional footballer - such as Commons shouting down his manager, or Izaguirre and Ciftci fighting in training.
Deila has stated that if he was to criticise his players, without showing that he wants the best for them, they would only feel as if he was singling them out and going after them for no apparent reason.
Deila has come under criticism in recent weeks for how he has treated his players, but he has outlined why he acts like he does, and it is all for the development and growth of his Celtic stars.