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Ronny Deila predicts only two Celtic youth-products will make it into the first-team

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila is set to depart at the end of the season.

Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic will only graduate one or two of their current academy prospects.

The Bhoys have seen the likes of Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor step out of their youth system and into the first-team recently.

However, departing boss Deila does not feel that there is many more players in Celtic’s under-18 squad who are capable of becoming key players for the senior side.

“There is a lot of talent there that is for sure,” said Deila. “But, and this is important, to be a Celtic player, to be good enough to play in the Champions League, is very, very hard.

“So if we can get two out of that squad to be a regular in the team and able to handle themselves at that level, then you have done an unbelievable job.

“I am sorry to tell you that nobody can say that ten players are coming through. That is never going to happen. It is one or two.

“This is life at a big football club. Only very few will make it to the top level in the first-team. It is so tough to break though here.”

Celtic have produced plenty of players in recent times, with Aiden McGeady, Charlie Mulgrew and Shaun Maloney amongst the more notable talents to have learnt their trade at Parkhead.

The Bhoys youth team has also been fairly dominant in their league this season, but Deila obviously doesn’t feel too optimistic about many of the team graduating.

Celtic have high hopes for a number of their current youth team, with Aiden Nesbitt regarded as the top developing talent.

However, Deila would not confirm whether Nesbitt was one of the players who he was expecting to come into Celtic’s first team.

“What I will say is that there will be a lot of players from Celtic who will join other clubs in Scotland in the Premiership and also the Championship,” he added.

“I have seen it myself when we play other teams all over the country. There are a lot, an awful lot, of their players who have come through at Celtic.

"So we are not catering only for Celtic but also the other clubs and Scottish football as a whole.”

Neil Lennon and David Moyes are amongst the favourites to take over from Deila at the end of the season.

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