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  • Manager very pleased at transfer business

    Manager very pleased at transfer business

    By: Mark Henderson on 02 Feb, 2016 15:27

  • RONNY Deila insisted he was extremely satisfied with Celtic’s business in the winter transfer window after it closed on Monday night.  

    Ryan Christie, acquired originally back on September 1 last year, was the first incomer at the start of January after the Hoops cut short his loan deal at Inverness Caley Thistle. The Scotland Under-21 internationalist was soon joined by Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko, who arrived from FK Midtjylland on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

    And on the deadline day, the Scottish champions added highly-rated 18-year-old Patrick Roberts from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal along with Colin Kazim-Richards from Feyenoord, the Turkish forward putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    The manager said: “I’m very happy with the window. We got in Erik, who already showed on Sunday that he’s going to be a good signing for us.

    “Patrick comes from City with great skills. He’s a talented boy and we have him for a longer period, so we can really work with him and get him up to an even better level than he’s at just now.

    “He’s an exceptional talent. He’s young but he also needs playing-time at another environment as it’s tough to break through at Manchester City.

    "We have had other players from them who had done well and it's a credit to us that we're getting to work with players like this as City trust us to develop them further. He’s a technical player. He’s quick, sharp and can see a pass. He can excite the fans.

    “Colin is an experienced player who has qualities and can be a leader in the group. I talked a lot with him and he’s motivated to play for Celtic. He’s going to be a very good signing. We know he has ability. He’s very physical and he’s very strong at holding the ball up. He’s a personality and those things are important when you have young players.

    “At Feyenoord, he was used to playing at a team with a lot of young players around him and being a leader. He had a fantastic last season at Feyenoord. We feel he will suit the style of play here and in the league and that he will also make an impact in Europe.

    “Both Colin and Patrick need a bit of time," the manager added on their match readiness."There is a reason why they are coming to Celtic, because they haven’t played so much lately and they need to train and get their fitness up. But they are available already for tomorrow.

    “We said before the window that we wanted to strengthen our squad and be stronger after it, bringing in some experience that can lift the group, and I feel we have done that.”

    There were also movers in the other direction on deadline day, most notably Nadir Ciftci, who headed to Turkish Super Lig side Eskisehirspor on loan until the end of the season.

    “Nadir was very keen to get out and play consistently,” said the Hoops boss. “He’s a young player and we felt it was a good idea and he will be back again in the summer.

    “Players come from smaller clubs and they come in here and it’s a tough environment. To give people chances here is tough as they need to perform and we need to win all the time. He has been here for six months and has felt that.

    “He will go out and play a little bit and absorb all the things he has been through here at Celtic. When he comes back here, he should be more ready and know what to expect as we go into the next season.”

    Youngsters Aidan Nesbitt and Jack Breslin also exited on loan moves to Partick Thistle and Annan Athletic respectively.

    Explaining the decision to let Nesbitt - who bagged a brace in a Development Side match against Rangers on Monday - join the Jags, the Norwegian said: “I see him coming back in the summer as a better player than he is now and he’s a talented player.

    “He had a good game yesterday (Monday) against Rangers, scoring two goals. There is tough competition here, but he’s very young and one of the players we feel can make it. Now he will go to Partick Thistle, which is a good club for him.

    “It’s very close to Celtic and we can look at him all the time and he can hopefully get experience in the top division, so it’s a very good move for him.”

    Ronny Deila was speaking to the media after being presented with the Manager of the Month Award for January after Celtic won all four of their league games prior to Sunday’s disappointing League Cup semi-final defeat.

    He added: “The first 30 days were very good. We were disappointed, of course, after the weekend, but the team has improved a lot lately and we've had a lot of good performances. This is an award for the whole group and I’m delighted about that.

    “It happens that you get awards after having a rough time, but in the league we have been good. We have played in some great games and scored a lot of goals lately so I’m very happy with that.”

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