RONNY DEILA is poised to welcome back a talented trio as he prepares for yet another meeting with Jackie McNamara’s Dundee United at Parkhead tomorrow.
Stefan Johansen missed the 4-0 Scottish Cup demolition of the Tannadice outfit in midweek while Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven were sidelined after playing in the competition for their former side earlier in the season.
The Celtic boss is looking forward to the selection dilemma and said: “We have a big squad and so many good players and I’ve said all the time that we have to use our squad with so many matches. This is just a luxury for me.
“The biggest challenge is to start thinking of results as you have to think about progress and be ready for every training session and every match. You have to focus on what we can do something with.
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“That’s always a challenge to every team that’s doing well. Success makes you more individualistic and you can start thinking of yourself and start doing other things because when you do well, you get a lot of opportunities for other things, so you can lose your focus and you start losing games.“But in this club, one important thing that has impressed me, is that nobody is sky-high because of one victory. They have to keep on winning and those demands are very good to have in a club.”
He added: “I said when I started that we wanted Champions League football and when we didn’t qualify for that, it was a big blow.
“Then the plan was to win everything in Scotland and create that culture of performance development, so I think we have come far.
“The last plan was to play attractive football – those were the goals I set myself when I started here and I feel we have come far in a lot of them.
“We have only achieved the League Cup, but we have gone far in the others and the individuals have developed a lot.
“The culture is going the right way and we are playing better football than we were at the start of the season. So, hopefully, I can tick a lot of those things off when we finish.”