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Ronny Deila looks to Celtic old guard to plot new pathway

Ronny Deila has embraced the famous adage that football is a team game by tapping into the knowledge of Celtic's most experienced players as he continues to graft his own green shoots on to the Glasgow club's vine.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will pick the brains of his most experienced players
Celtic manager Ronny Deila will pick the brains of his most experienced players

Deila is still getting his feet under the Parkhead table and last night revealed he will rely on the vital input of club captain Scott Brown and Kris Commons to plot a roadmap for the weeks and months ahead.

The latest step in that route takes place today when Celtic face Rapid Vienna in a friendly but Deila's mind is already focused on his team's Champions League qualifier away to KR Reykavik a week on Tuesday, July 15.

Brown, Commons and Charlie Mulgrew are battle-scarred veterans of previous successful European campaigns and the manager is keen that they set an example for others to follow.

He said: "Kris is a fantastic player. I hope he can develop even more and have a season similar to the last one. He will have a very important impact on the games we play.

"Scott is an example as a leader and a captain, he's terrific and the same goes for Charlie. Those players are real professionals and set the culture in the group. I want my players to be 100% in every training session. We train as we play. That is vital if you are going to develop. If you cheat in training then you cheat in the game.

"These three players are a very good example of what I want to see. There is a reason why the best players are the best. You can see the hard work they put in.

"They always want to learn and prepare properly for every training session. It's very important for the young players to look at these guys every day. That will show them what they have to do to get better."

Deila has already upgraded the role of former All-Ireland Gaelic football coach-turned sports psychologist Jim McGuinness to work with the first team squad.

McGuinness has mainly been working with players outwith the first team circle, but Deila is anxious to use every advantage possible to give his side an edge.

"I want to bring Jim in even more," Deila explained. "All my staff's knowledge is going to be used, I can't do it all. Of course, I learn a lot because I hire fantastic people around me, but I want all my staff to be a specialist in something and then you need to be even better.

"I'm very curious. I get energy from learning and I think. I'm going to try to be a very good role model."

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