Impress Deila and you'll win at Celtic

RONNY DEILA insists it is performances - and not results - that are his main focus during Celtic's pre-season schedule.

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila (right) joins in the fun with his players on segways in Austria
Celtic manager Ronny Deila (right) joins in the fun with his players on segways in Austria

The new Hoops manager will see his side in action for the first time this summer when they face FK Krasnodar tomorrow.

Deila has been putting the Celtic squad through their paces at their training camp in Austria this week as preparations continue for the big kick-off.

The meeting with the Russians is the first of four games Celtic will play on the continent as they gear up for their crunch Champions League clash with KR Reykjavik later this month.

Deila will also take his side on two trips to Germany to face Dynamo Dresden and St Pauli before returning to Scandinavia to square up to Spurs before the start of their Premiership title defence.

The Norwegian has a studious approach to the game and is eager to see his ideas being picked up by the players on the training field and in their series of warm-up matches.

Deila said: "At this time the result or the opposition doesn't really matter. It is all about how we perform.

"I've been talking to almost every player now so I'm starting to know them a little bit as people as well as players but they have a little bit to do physically after vacation, but also at the same time they need a little break after playing for so many months and we are going to play a lot of games until May.

"I think it's very important that the players reflect on how they are doing. One of my big issues in coaching is that players have to take responsibility for themselves, to develop and be curious and want to learn.

"I will the try and get a culture in which they are able to see pictures after games, have good comments after games and that means both on and off the pitch. I

think they know what's expected now both on and off the pitch but it takes time to adapt.

"I am an emotional person and I have a picture in my head of what I want and although it's never going to be perfect, the closer we get to it the better the team are going to play.

"I have to be patient, try and take a little bit at a time but I think that we're getting there."


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