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Ronny Deila opens up about Celtic's January transfer window plans

Celtic are unlikely to make additions from Premier League clubs, according to Ronny Deila.

Ronny Deila has told the Herald Scotland that Celtic will not be able to buy players playing regularly in the Premier League in January, as they do not have the financial strength to compete with teams in England.

The Bhoys are looking to bring in some experience at the next available opportunity, as Deila wants to enhance the quality of their squad.

The Norwegian boss believes that Celtic need some added knowhow to bolster up their young squad, but he doesn’t feel the English market is one that they can target.

“You don’t get a guy from the Premier League who is playing week in, week out,” he said. “We get players who are in their way not good enough for that level, but who are straight under and want to have a different challenge.

“We know what kind of budget we have. It is possible. We have to look at players who are important in their teams and are not in the biggest leagues.

“I think it is very important now in January that we look for players who have experience,” he said. “We have a lot of talent, but you need leaders, or parents to the players, to get them to grow.

“I would rather have one or two players that can stretch the level and have experience than have five youngsters who are talented players because you can’t get through all the ties.”

Celtic’s were active in last season’s January transfer window, when the additions of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven improved the quality of their squad.

The Bhoys will hope to be similarly successful this time around, as they look to strengthen their charge for the SPFL title.

At the moment Deila’s side have a commanding lead in the Scottish top-flight, but they will be determined not to get complacent.

Deila will also be looking to cover for the absence of his captain, Scott Brown, as he is set to miss a considerable chunk of the season with injury.

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