Aidan Nesbitt has left Celtic to join Partick Thistle on loan for the rest of the season.
Ronny Deila insists that Aidan Nesbitt has a future at Celtic, even though he will spend the rest of the season out on loan at Partick Thistle.
Nesbitt was allowed to leave Parkhead, following the arrivals of Patrick Roberts and Colin Kazim-Richards on deadline day.
Competition for places in the attacking midfield positions at Celtic is now extremely high, but Deila insists that he still sees Nesbitt having a role in the future.
RD on @aidannesbitt1 "I see him coming back in the summer as a better player than now, and he's a talented player." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 2, 2016
RD: "He (Aidan) scored two goals against Rangers yday and played a good game." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 2, 2016
RD: "Tough competition here. Still very young, but a player who we feel can make it." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 2, 2016
Roberts' loan from City is an 18-month move, meaning that Nesbitt will be competing with the Premier League youngster for a place when he does return next season.
So far the 18-year-old has made just one senior appearance for the Bhoys, but his form at development squad level has been hugely impressive.
Nesbitt has been a standout performer for the Bhoys at youth level all season, and there have been calls for him to get a run of games for the first-team.
Deila has already promoted Keiran Tierney into Celtic’s senior side this campaign, and Nesbitt will hope to follow on the young full-back’s footsteps in the near future.