Celtic will benefit from early summer business

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila is showing signs that he is an astute dealer in the transfer market. The Norwegian has wasted no time in ascertaining which areas of his team need strengthening, then bringing in individuals he deems fit to improve his side.

At the end of the past season, Deila lost Jason Denayer and John Guidetti, with the former only on loan and the latter not wishing to extend his stay with the Scottish champions.

Both players where a considerable loss to the manager as Denayer was part of a sturdy defence alongside Virgil Van Djik, whilst John Guidetti provided 15 goals in all competitions for the side.


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However, as early as June, the Scandanavian managed to bring in Denayers compatriot and highly rated centre-back Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City to fill that hole in his centre of defence.

This swift move to beat others to his signature last month has acted as an outlay of what was ahead.

Shrewd signings

In previous seasons Celtic have been the subject of much scrutiny from both fans and journalists alike for their failure to get business concluded before crucial Champions League qualifiers.

This summer on the contrary, has been quite different. 

The club has followed up the signing of Boyata with the somewhat surprising signing of Manchester United's teenage wing back Saidy Janko.

The Swiss international who operates as a right-back and right winger can also be deployed as a centre-back making his versatility a key selling point for Deila.

Many at United were disappointed by this sale as he is so highly thought of by fans and coaching staff alike. Some had even tipped the 19-year-old to break into Louis van Gaal's team this season and challenge for a starting spot.

Janko's arrival to the east end of Glasgow sparked rumours of the sale of a right back already at the club.

These reports were confirmed as Welshman Adam Matthews was sold just last week to Premier League side Sunderland; netting the Scottish side a cool £2 million for his services.

Again, this is further evidence that Deila can wheel and deal in the market as he has found an able replacement for Matthews whilst gaining money to reinvest in the squad on a player which only had a year to run on his contract.

With his first two signings through the door it has been all action for the Parkhead outfit this summer because the manager has been trimming as well as adding to his squad.

Recent departures include; Teemu Pukki, Amido Balde, Joe Chalmers and Lukasz Zaluska. Most of these players were on decent wages which, once again, will aide with the gaffers search for fresh talent.

The much loved Deila has not stopped there as reports from various sources today confirmed that Celtic are on the verge of signing Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci and goalkeeper Logan Bailly from Lueven.

Ciftci has enjoyed a rich vein of form since arriving in Scotland and would be perceived to bring something a little different to this Celtic team. The signing of Bailly will almost certainly provide competition to last seasons revelation Craig Gorden.

Martin Ødegaard arrival?

News articles elsewhere have suggested that the club have beaten off competition for footballs next star and former Delia protegè Martin Ødegaard.

The Real Madrid starlet will be a major coup for Celtic and bring much needed excitement amongst their loyal fans.

Just maybe under his old mentor Ødegaard will show the world what all the hype over him is about, and maybe he'll do it wearing the hoops, showing that Ronny Deila knows his stuff and that Celtic are in a good place at the moment.

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