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DEILA BACKS GUIDETTI

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STRUGGLING Swede John Guidetti has scored a meagre total of three goals this year.

But Celtic boss Ronny Deila has admitted he is HAPPY with the form of the frontman whose loan deal from Manchester City expires at the end of next month.
Guidetti fired in 11 goals in 16 games – including a sizzling hat-trick in the 6-0 League Cup triumph over Partick Thistle in October – before the turn of the year.
However, he has had to be content with singles against Hamilton and Dundee United in the SPFL and the last-gasp leveller against Inter Milan in the the thrilling 3-3 Europa Cup draw at Parkhead in 2015.
However, Deila insisted he is not worried and will be delighted to keep him in the side if he continues to set up chances for others as he did in the 2-0 triumph over Alan Archibald’s Maryhill outfit in midweek.
The 22-year-old attacker played in Stuart Armstrong to win the penalty which Kris Commons converted to put the champions-elect ahead just before the interval.

And Guidetti was again the provider for Stefan Johansen to make certain of the victory and ensure the Hoops remained seven points ahead of Aberdeen.

Deila is adamant the game is not about individuals, but it’s how players contribute to the team that matters most and that’s why Guidetti got the nod ahead of Leigh Griffiths, Anthony Stokes and Stefan Scepovic to start against the Jags.

The Norwegian said: “He worked really hard and he was involved in a lot of our play.
“So, I was really happy with him. He performed well.

“I think he understands that it is not just about him scoring, but about what he does for the team.

“He is talking a lot about assists as well, which is good.”

Guidetti has yet to make up his mind about his future as he also comes out of contract with parent club Manchester City in the summer.
Deila, who has already sold Tony Watt to Standard Liege and loaned out £4.5million misfits Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde since the start of the campaign, has publicly declared he wants to keep the player.
However, he continues to be linked with a return to Feyenoord, with whom he had a prolific loan spell four years ago.
Guidetti has already said he will not be rushed into a decision and it is likely to be June before he decides his future.
 
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