RONNY DEILA spoke today at Lennoxtown as Celtic get back to business after the international break. The 4IAR Champions are preparing for a tough trip to Motherwell on Saturday and the Celtic manager has spent this morning surveying the squad and looking at the various injuries, aches and strains ahead of the trip to Fir Park.
The manager himself seemed to enjoy some time off but is clearly itching to resume club football, starting with the Motherwell match: “It was a very good break. But it’s good to get back in work again and I’m looking forward to the game.”
It’s somewhat unclear at the moment what the Celtic side will look like at the weekend and Ronny has outlined the squad news after some gruelling international matches involving his squad.
“Today we have been seeing where we are with everyone and tomorrow we will have clearer answers,” stated Deila.
First up on the doubtful list for the trip to Motherwell is the Celtic captain. Ronny explained:
“Scott Brown twisted his ankle in training. He has done that before and we will see tomorrow how it is. Not a major one.”
“Hopefully, he will be able to play on Saturday but I can’t say more than that right now.”
There’s better news on Stuart Armstong but the wait to see our new centre half establish himself in the team goes on.
“Stuart Armstrong is fit and ready to play again. Simunovic has been training but it’s still too early for him.”
Charlie Mulgrew is also still out and won’t be considered for Motherwell, as Ronny explained: “He’s still not ready. He’s coming closer and hopefully he can start training next week.”
Injuries picked up on Scotland duty to Griffiths and Forrest mean that both will be touch and go for Motherwell. Ronny explained:
“Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest have knocks but could be available for Saturday, don’t know for sure yet.”
Ronny elaborated on the Leigh Griffiths situation: ”He’s had some problems with a stiff calf for a month now. It started before the Ajax game.”
“He got something during the interval at the Scotland game. We have had a week on it and it looks ok.”
“I don’t know what he had been doing but he did half of training today and hopefully he will be available for Saturday.”
Delia expects the usual difficult match at Fir Park from a Motherwell side which inevitably raises its game when the Champions come calling. ”They are always up for playing Celtic but they will have even more energy after getting a new manager in.”
“There will be some differences but we have to concentrate on getting a good performances from ourselves.”
“We want performances and improvement, individually, and as a team,” said the Celtic gaffer.
The Norwegian also had some words of advice for Celtic’s Scottish contingent, after the failure of the national side to qualify for the Euros in France next summer: “They will be disappointed but they have to move on, will get more chances in next qualifiers.”
“A very hard group, small details the difference in them not going through. They have a very good manager, hopefully he continues.”