Celtic boss Ronny Deila wants academy prospects to be inspired by those who have broken into first-team

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James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney have all broken into the side in recent seasons.

Ronny Deila wants Celtic's academy prospects to be inspired by the current members of the first-team who have come through the youth ranks to recently break into the side, the Evening Times reports.

James Forrest, Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor have all started to establish themselves as important members of the senior squad in recent years, and Deila hopes that their example can spur the next crop of youngsters on to push themselves to reach their potential.

"I think it great for our academy players to look and see that it is possible to play here. You can come to Celtic and you can make it to the first-team – it is important to see the heroes every day. That is the message we want to put into the academy, that you can make it here," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

The possibility of building a constant stream of talented youngsters that will graduate into the first-team will greatly interest Deila.

He admitted to Norwegian website VG earlier in the month that the Hoops sometimes cannot compete with some English sides for players, including some teams in the Championship.

So, being able to continually produce their own talent will allow Celtic to not only maintain their position at the top of the Scottish game, but it will also help them re-establish themselves as one of the bigger clubs across Europe. 

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