The Celtic boss said: “I was also in Newcastle for the Liverpool game. So it’s nice to have an opportunity to watch other football and get some ideas. I enjoyed those two days. We are looking around to see if we can find the right type of players.”
Considering the standing of the Premier League in relation to the Scottish Premiership, Deila may be aiming too high to realistically consider bringing in a player from either club in the January transfer window.
It is clear that he wants to sign more players to strengthen his first-team squad, but of everyone involved in the game, it is hard to imagine that the Bhoys could sign any of them.
Paul Dummett is one of the few realistic targets, with the Welsh full-back not at a Premier League level, but undoubtedly good enough for the Bhoys. Deila needs a new left-back to compete with the out of form Emilio Izaguirre, however, McClaren clearly feels as if Dummett is part of his squad and does not want to sell him.
In the Liverpool team, none of the first-team members are likely January targets, although Connor Randall could have been considered as he is young and a loan deal would benefit both him and the Reds. He was on the substitutes bench against the Magpies, but failed to make it onto the field of play.
Deila surely has players that he has already targeted as January signings, but watching Newcastle v Liverpool was a pointless exercise seeing as Premier League players are likely not going to accept a move to the Scottish Premiership.