Deila highlights problem with Celtic squad ahead of Ajer's arrival, defends recent signings

Ronny Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes his squad is now too big.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told BBC Sport that he thinks his squad is now too big ahead of Kristoffer Ajer's arrival this summer.

The Bhoys followed up last week's 2-0 win over Ross County by beating Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-0 at home this afternoon, with Gary Mackay-Steven opening the scoring on 54 minutes after a frustrating first half.

Top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths then added another two goals in the second half, meaning that Celtic have moved six points clear of second placed Aberdeen.

The pressure is far from off the shoulders of manager Deila though, as fans remain unhappy with the direction the club has been taking since his appointment in the summer of 2014.

Celtic's decision makers still seem keen on Deila though, hence his ability to sign defender Erik Sviatchenko, winger Patrick Roberts and striker Colin Kazim-Richards in January, whilst teenage midfielder Kristoffer Ajer agreed a pre-contract deal to join the Bhoys in the summer from IK Start.

Now though, Deila is facing criticism about the amount of midfielders at his disposal, as once Ajer arrives he will be able to pick from Scott Brown, Nir Bitton, Stefan Johansen, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Kris Commons, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Allan, Ryan Christie and now Ajer.

When asked about Celtic seemingly 'stockpiling' players, Deila admitted that players must leave the club in the summer as his squad is currently too big.

Deila was also quizzed about the quality of his signings so far, as players such as Jo Inge Berget, Mubarak Wakaso, Stefan Scepovic, Saidy Janko, Nadir Ciftci and Tyler Blackett have all struggled, but suggested to BBC Sport that he can't succeed with every single signing he makes.

"I agree it is too big now," said Deila. "It starts with being 100% committed to Celtic and, if you do that, you will get your rewards. You see that with Kieran Tierney, with Callum McGregor coming back and Tom Rogic coming through. There's lots of players coming through and that's because they work harder. But if they get lazy then they are not in the team. That's how it is at big clubs and this is a big club - you have to fight for the jersey."

"You don't get everything right. Some can be positive and some can be not so positive, but the most important thing is that you learn from it and we have learned a lot through this time and we are in a good position now.  To get people to progress, you need a big squad, but I think it's a little too big now," he added.

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