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Will this be Celtic's front six for next season?

Celtic manager Ronny Deila might not tweak things too much with his midfield and attack.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been superb in charge of the Bhoys in his first season, with one trophy secure and two more to play for.

The side definitely have momentum and as the international break begins, Deila’s mind might start drifting to next season and how he might reinvent the team’s attack if he feels he needs to.


Here’s how Celtic’s front six might look for next season.

Central midfield

Deila’s team looks better with a strong partnership patrolling the space in front of the back four.

At the moment that comes from Scott Brown and Nir Bitton, with Stefan Johansen played further forward in behind the main striker.

The trio can play together and the Brown-Bitton partnership looks solid when the boss decides to throw another man up front. Stuart Armstrong also provides an extra option.

There’s no real need to change this combination and variety of players so any new players coming in would more than likely be cover.

The wings

James Forrest’s call up to the Scottish national side is proof of his impact in wide areas this season.

Gary Mackay-Steven has also done a great job since he joined the club from Dundee United in the winter and can consider himself unlucky not to have been called up by Gordon Strachan.

Anthony Stokes has occasionally be pushed wide but if Deila is going to target a player in the summer, he could target additional cover in the form of a winger.

Up front

Leigh Griffiths is the main man while Stokes is experienced as a central striker.

The main challenge for Deila is going to be what he does with regards to John Guidetti. He’s facing a dilemma over whether to push to try and keep him or whether to target another player to come in and take his squad place.

It’s well known that he covets a return to the Netherlands.

Prediction: Brown, Bitton, Johansen, New winger, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths

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