Ronny Deila believes that the recent bright spark will continue from the bench despite calls from fans to change the starting team.
Scott Allan, Ryan Christie and Patrick Roberts closed out the final 10 minutes of Celtic’s 3-0 win over Inverness CT on Saturday and had fans on the edge of their seats – a rarity at Paradise this season.
However, Deila has insisted he won’t be pressured or swayed into changing his starting line-up and will continue with his own attacking midfield trio.
As quoted by the Telegraph, Deila said:
They’re closer because they played very well when they came on.
That’s the way to do it – show in training and in matches that they want to be part of the team, but it’s stupid to change the whole team. We’re building up momentum and it’s good for me to know we have players on the bench coming on.
There are others who didn’t come on at the weekend who can do good things. We are a team and we have three games in nine days.
Gary Mackay-Steven, Stefan Johansen and Stuart Armstrong have started the previous two games and have been underwhelming in terms of flair, creativity and link-up play with each other and front man Leigh Griffiths.
With Celtic heading to New Douglas Park to face Hamilton, many fans would have hoped to see the new exciting trio that finished last week’s game, however judging by the Norwegian’s comments it won’t be happening just yet.
Deila also commented on Carlton Cole current situation, as the veteran striker has made just one start and hasn’t played in the Hoops jersey in over a month since he signed an 18-month contract in October.
Rumours that he could leave the club in the summer was news to the Celtic manager, as he set Cole a challenge in order to get back into the team.
That’s news to me. It’s hard to say. All of these things will come into consideration all the time.
He is training but there is hard competition for him as well. Right now, he has not been featuring in our matchday squad. We will see if he can take a new step and fight his way into the team.