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Ronny Deila claims he wants Celtic to copy Ajax's transfer policy

Ronny Deila has plans for Celtic's transfer policy - and he aims to emulate Ajax.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that he wants the Bhoys to become like Ajax in the transfer market - bringing in young players and making them in to top stars.

The Bhoys didn't make too many big moves over the summer, with Deila seemingly preferring to bring in fringe players from English Premier League clubs.

Dedryck Boyata arrived from Manchester City, whilst Tyler Blackett and Saidy Janko both left Manchester United for first-team football at Celtic Park.

Other signings such as Logan Bailly, Scott Allan and Nadir Ciftci didn't really set the pulses racing, but the Bhoys spent big on Croatian centre back Jozo Simunovic, before Carlton Cole arrived on a free transfer.

Some Bhoys fans have been left confused by the club's transfer policy under Deila, but the Norwegian has now moved to explain what he is aiming to do at Celtic Park.

Celtic have earned big money from selling the likes of Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama to Southampton recently, and Deila has now told The Scottish Sun that he wants to emulate Dutch giants Ajax - one of Celtic's group stage opponents in the Europa League this year - in the way that they bring in a host of young players and develop them before selling them on.

"When players go to Ajax, they know they will be given chances and be made into a Champions League player. That is what we want at Celtic, for people to come here and become a top player," said Deila.

Ajax have signed and sold the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Steven Pienaar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suarez and Christian Eriksen over the years, earning huge money from all of those sales.

It's therefore sensible for Celtic to be aiming for the same policy, and with potential stars like Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen in the ranks at Celtic Park, Deila's strategy could be seen in the coming years, if they continue to impress in Scotland.

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