Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Loan star Berget is perfect for Celtic's ambitions

Ronny Deila
Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila believes new signing Jo Inge Berget is a "perfect match" for Celtic. The Norwegian international completed a six-month loan deal from Cardiff City on Monday and went straight into the Hoops squad for the first-leg of their Champions League third qualifier against Legia Warsaw in Poland tonight.

The 23-year-old former Molde forward played for Deila at Norwegian club Stromsgodset and is happy to play "anywhere up front", and it is that versatility which the Parkhead boss believes is crucial at this point in the season.

Speaking at the team's hotel in Warsaw, Deila said: "I know Jo Inge from the past, we worked together at Stromsgodset.

"He is a very intelligent player, he is a player who knows my systems, he can play all the four forward positions – the two wings, the number 10 and number nine.

"So I am comfortable and I know he will bring something new to the team.

"We don't have many options in the wide positions and it is very hard these days when there is so much time left before the window closes to get people in and get people who know the way we want to play, so Jo Inge is a perfect match in that matter."

Berget is looking to achieve his ambition of playing in the Champions League following his whirlwind move to the Scottish champions.

"It happened pretty fast," he said. "I heard that Ronny was interested and I am really happy that it worked out. I played for him for a year and a half, I know him well and he knows me.

"He wants to play entertaining football, the same as me.

"I have been in the qualification (rounds) before but have never played in the Champions League so hopefully I can.

"That is the goal for the club and it should be, as big as it is."

While Berget was added to the squad, striker Tony Watt has left after signing a five-year contract with Belgian club Standard Liege for a reported fee of £1.2million.

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