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DEILA TRANSFER PROMISE

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RONNY DEILA has promised to splash the cash as aims to strengthen Celtic in the January transfer window.

Dundee United double-act Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven arrived at the turn of the year for a combined fee of £2million and the Hoops boss believes he has similar funds to spend this time around.

He said: “There is money. Everybody is in the same mind, they know we have to do things. People in the club are prepared to do that.

“It will be similar to last January. I don’t remember how much it was we spent, but that shouldn’t be any problem.”

Young midfielder Ryan Christie has returned following the end of his loan with Inverness Caley Thistle and Deila is looking to add to his squad with the aim of securing the title and earning another chance to reach the Champions League group stages.

He added: “It’s a tough window because nobody wants to lose their players when they are in the middle of the season.

“It’s always tougher, but we did some good transfers last January and, hopefully, we can do it now as well.

“You have to get signings who can do better and get us into Champions League qualification.

“You have to think long term, but also short-term.

“Injuries will, of course, affect the January window, but whatever happens we need to strengthen and we will work hard on that.”

 
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