The January transfer window is fast approaching and the speculation has already begun with regards to some of the Celtic players. While Ronny started his Celtic career by rotating on a regular basis he quickly found out that some may not be relied upon to get the job done. The January window is notoriously difficult to get value for money and it’s hard to get rid of some of the stale parts of the squad but Celtic will look to offload a few of their non-performers in a bid to get some new faces in.
The trip to Zagreb will no doubt be the last chance for many of the players not in Deila’s plans to change his mind. With qualification already in the bag it will be up to players like Beram Kayal and Nir Bitton to step up, especially when Scott Brown has been left at home. Beram has recently stated he’s looking for a way out of Celtic after falling out of favour with Deila, my argument would be he never fell into favour with him in the first place. The midfielder has played a handful of very positive games this season but can also be very ineffectual. He could stake his very last claim tomorrow night to be in the managers plans.
Stefan Scepovic will more than likely start in Croatia and the misfiring striker must find his scoring touch very soon before he’s thrown on the endless dud striker scrap heap Celtic have produced in the last few years. He could soon find himself out on loan like a number of Celtic strikers like Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde.
Celtic have not lost on their travels in the Europa League so far and will be hoping to go one better than the two draws previously and win the match. Ronny Deila must make sure his players are up for the tie with nothing really at stake.