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Celtic suffered a setback in the league title race after being overtaken by Aberdeen just before New Year’s Day.
Ronny Deila’s team failed to get a victory against Ross County at home, while they watched Aberdeen secure a 2-0 victory over St Johnstone. Even though Aberdeen have played a game more than Celtic, this is seen as a major psychological advantage for the table leaders.Deila, though, has pointed to the statistics to say that Celtic have been the superior team in the Scottish Premier League this season. Celtic have been far more entertaining than Aberdeen.
While they have managed to score 34 goals from the 18 matches, Aberdeen have scored only 29 from one more additional match. Celtic have also the better defensive record of the two with just 12 goals conceded from these matches. Deila is under no illusion that Celtic will regain the top spot when they win the match against Partick Thistle. This match was scheduled to take place on New Year’s Day, but it has now been postponed. As a result of this, the Scottish Premier League has just witnessed a seachange with neither Celtic nor Rangers being top of the table for the first time in 22 years.
“So far we have been the best team in this league. We have scored most and conceded fewest.If we win our game in hand we will be two points ahead. We know what we have been doing is the best in the league but we have to keep progressing.It is still in our hands, if we win all our games we’ll be league winners.It is early though to start talking about it. There are 19 games left, 20 for us, so we’ll see how things are when there’s one month left,” said the Celtic boss.
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Celtic’s Ronny Deila was overjoyed and full praise as he watched his team defeat Aberdeen and snatch the top spot of the Scottish Premiership League in a tough match.
Aberdeen received Celtic at the Pittodrie Stadium as both clubs faced off in their latest league match and a first half goal from Adam Rooney gave the hosts the lead after 27 had ticked down. Celtic responded by scoring the equalizer at the 38th minute when Stefan Marius Johansen made his mark on the score-sheet and tied the game up 1-1.
The team of RoonyDeila had to play with only 10 players in the pitch after Scott Brown received a 2nd yellow card at the 82nd minute and he had to leave the playing grounds for the last few minutes of the match.
Aberdeen tried to take full advantage of their numerical and attempted to score a late goal that would secure their victory but it never arrived and instead it was Celtic that managed to score at the dying minutes of the game when the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk scored the late goal which squeezed all 3 points for Celtic.
The Norwegian manager of Celtic, Ronny Deila was thrilled with the victory of his club when playing against Aberdeen and he said: “It was a fantastic win, I’m so proud of the team.We fought all the way and got the goal in the end.We knew it was going to be a hard game and to get three points, that’s what I call team spirit and togetherness.”
This hard fought victory puts Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership League with 26 points having been collected after having played 12 league matches.
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John Guidetti is a 22 years old Swedish forward who is currently playing on a loan deal with Celtic FC. His main club is Manchester City but there is no space left for him to play as a regular player in the Premier League club and this is why City has opted to loan out Guidetti on 4 occasions to 4 different teams. Having him loaned out to different leagues and clubs from around the world will allow him to gain playing time and experience.
The loan deal that Guidetti currently has with Celtic expires at the end of the current season but the coach of the Scottish club, Ronny Deila is hoping that he can sign Guidetti on a permanent contract.
Guidetti has scored 5 goals in 7 matches with Celtic and has been making a number of impressive performances so far and now Ronny Deila has expressed his intentions in changing the loan deal into something more permanent.
“You have to understand that your success is not all down to you, it’s also the environment, the club that suits you and makes the best out of you’’
“So far, we have done that with John and done that together with him. I think he can develop a lot; he can reach a lot of his goals here. Here, he gets the trust he needs and he produces. He is enjoying every day. If we keep getting good results, more people will come to the stadium and he’ll play in bigger games.
“John Guidetti will be even better. We will do everything we can in our club to make him happy so he wants to stay.” Celtic’s Ronny Deila said.
If Ronny Deila can indeed convince Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini on releasing John Guidetti to Celtic, it would benefit all the parties involved. Guidetti’s chances of turning into a regular and consistent player are practically guaranteed if he moves to Celtic. Manchester City has a star studded team with world class players and it’s highly unlikely that Guidetti would have a secured spot in the squad anytime soon.
Manchester City can receive a cash injection that would help the squad in reinforcing some of the biggest weaknesses by signing new players and if a deal is agreed then Celtic could secure one of the most promising young figures in the world of football.
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