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McGarvey: Deila can't make the same mistake as Lennon over his squad

Former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey has urged Ronny Deila to work hard to keep his squad together over the summer.

Former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey told the Glasgow Evening Times that Ronny Deila can’t repeat the same problem Neil Lennon made following a positive Champions League campaign.

McGarvey has suggested that after Celtic had battled into the last 16 of the European competition, the majority of his team was broken up, which forced the club to go back to square one with the development of the team.

Deila is under pressure this summer to guide his side into the group stages of the competition, with hopefully a similar group of players that secured a domestic double in his first season in charge of the club.

“When Neil Lennon took the club into the last 16 of the Champions League, the bulk of that team then went at the end of the season, and it is very hard to keep going forward if you have to go and rebuild a side,” he said.

“I’d like to see everyone stay and a few more come in. That might be hard if you have a player like Virgil van Dijk, who is determined to go, but for the rest, let the manager build on what was a solid first season.”

Why should players stay at Celtic?

Celtic are a massive football club and have good pulling power when it comes to keeping their key players and attracting new signings.

They represent a club with high exposure and, should they qualify, the platform of the Champions League, which is something that no other side in Scotland benefits from.

Deila can’t do anything about van Dijk’s apparent desire to leave, as McGarvey mentioned to the Glasgow Evening Times, but he can stress the size of the club, the fans and the chance to be part of a successful long term team, to get others to stay.

Why is it important players stay at Celtic?

It’s important because of longevity. Keeping the same side together also reduces the pressure on Deila in terms of the transfer market and finding replacements.

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