Celtic boss acknowledges transfer gaffes

Celtic manager Ronny Deila agrees that he has allowed the Celtic squad to become too large during his spell in charge at Celtic Park.

Former Bhoys player and assistant manager Billy Stark had criticised Deila for his squad management and the Norwegian manager explained his reasoning for the large squad.

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He told the Daily Telegraph, it was simply because they didn’t have the money to spend on quality players:

“I also had that issue when I came in here. There were too many players here at that time.”

“When you don’t have a lot of money and you can’t get the ones you know are real quality, you have to take chances.”

“In the end it has been unbalanced and that’s a challenge. We had a very good unit here last year up to Christmas, but after that we got stuck with too many players and that is my responsibility. There are things I should have done better.”

Deila’s Celtic side sealed the club’s fifth consecutive title at the weekend after a 3-2 win against second placed Aberdeen.

They now have an unassailable 12 point lead over the Dons with two games to go.

After leading 3-0 with a brace from Patrick Roberts and one from Mikael Lustig, they had to weather a second half fightback from Aberdeen, as goals from Niall McGinn and Andrew Considine threatened to spoil the party.

Deila is departing the club in the summer after two seasons in charge.