Celtic manager Ronny Delia has taken a swipe at new Rangers signing Danny Wilson amidst reports that the Hoops were extremely keen on the defender only to be beaten to his signature by their fiercest rivals.
Delia, who has begun preparation for this seasons Champions League qualifiers, recently took to questions about his pursuit of Danny Wilson and was quick to qwell any suggestion that he was disappointed he didn't land the former Hearts captain.
"we went for Boyata from Manchester City and we are very happy with that," he said.
Deila expressed the feeling when asked about Wilson, who has opted to play another season in the second tier of Scottish football. Despite being given the opportunity of the Premier League with either Hearts or Celtic, Wilson has made the decision an attempt to lift Rangers into the Scottish Premier League after the club were relegated to the lower divisions after financial collapse and will become a steady part of the rebuilding process at Ibrox.
Also trying to maintain development, Ronny Delia is keen to add to the strength in defence as Jason Denayer returned to Man City and Virgil Van Dijk has also been linked away. The signing of Boyata over Wilson, Delia believes, was the best move out there for the club trying to add Champions League quality to the back line.
"It has to be someone who can make a difference in the team," he said when asked about the possibility of new signings. We have Dedryck in now and he is a great talent.He has high ability, but he needs matches and our task is to get his potential out."
Delia's Celtic face off Icelandic outfit Stjarnan in the second round of Champions League qualifying mid July and will be hoping to add more European quality to the side between now and then.