Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Celtic manager Ronny Deila gets energy in coaching his players

Honing skills: New Celtic boss Ronny Delia
Honing skills: New Celtic boss Ronny Delia

New Celtic manager Ronny Deila intends to utilise the training complex at Lennoxtown, rather than the company cheque book, to put his personal stamp on the Scottish champions.

His preference for improving footballers, as opposed to buying the finished article, will be music to the ears of chief executive Peter Lawwell as he attempts to rein in spending at Parkhead as the Scottish Professional Football League faces up to another season bereft of revenue from sponsorships.

For Deila, though, the emphasis will continue to be on coaching players, honing and crafting existing skills and removing the flaws from the Celtic squad.

Consequently, the existing policy of buying cheaply and selling on is unlikely to be abandoned.

"What I get energy from is developing teams, individuals and myself," said the Norwegian.

"When you do that well, you win trophies. I can develop Virgil van Dijk further here as well. That is what I have done at Stromsgodset and that is what I will do now. I have one thought in my head: I have to get the best out of my players and my staff and myself.

"There are two ways to go. To buy players, or develop them. Celtic is a big club and we need to develop players to European standard."

Deila, who is friendly with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, grew up during the era when the European Cup regularly found its way to Anfield and the teams built by Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan had a profound effect on his footballing philosophy.

"Liverpool was good," he said. "It was fun seeing Jan Molby in the midfield, but Kenny Dalglish was a fantastic player and John Barnes was my favourite.

"I also loved Barcelona under Pep Guardiola.

"Everything starts with a good defence and Neil Lennon brought unbelievable defending last season. I saw it in the Champions League, 11 players well organised and working well together. With that spirit, you go far and then skill with speed and relations in the team, so things go quickly to give opponents problems."

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