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Deila explains what he wants from his players over the summer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says it's all about balance as his players prepare for a summer break.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s not looking to put too much pressure on his players over the summer.

Celtic’s stars can be proud heading into the summer having achieved a double in the Norwegian’s first season at Parkhead and he’s hinted that he’s not about to pile the pressure onto their shoulders with a heavy pre-season schedule.

“It is always a balance. You want players to be fit and sharp but also you do not want them to be too tired. They need to switch off from football, mentally as well as physically,” he said.

Deila will be looking for his players to take care of themselves and to stay in good condition, as any manager would at this point of the year, but it is important they relax and take a step back from the game.

Playing for Celtic carries with it a great deal of pressure and that creates strain over a long campaign, which can be physically and mentally draining.

The weight of expectation can be a lot for even the most experienced players to take and while Deila has now set a level of expectation for the side to adhere to within his first year, he can’t let his players become overawed by it.

Deila is a stickler for fitness and once the players are back for pre-season, the hard work can begin all over again as he looks for the squad to gel with any new players he’s introduced to the club.

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