Thursday 23 October 2014

Celtic boss Ronnie Deila: We'll be using Jim McGuinness more and more

Published 07/07/2014 | 19:31

Jim McGuinness
Jim McGuinness

When Neil Lennon left Celtic many feared for Jim McGuinness' future at Parkhead but that anxiety appears to have been needless.

New Celtic manager Ronnie Deila is planning to increase the Donegal manager's influence and is determined to get inside the heads of the players.

“We already have a sports psychologist in Jim McGuinnes, so I want to bring him in even more," Deila told the Daily Record.

“All my staff’s knowledge is going to be used, I can’t do it all.

“Of course, I learn a lot because I hire fantastic people around me but I want all my staff to be a specialist in something and then you need to be even better.

“I want the best scientists in the world. They have to have experience and learn but I also have to go out to seek new knowledge, look at what’s happening on the internet, go away on trips to see what the best are doing because then I will bring it back. In the end we will grow as a staff in our knowledge and the players will adapt.

“I’m very curious. Someone asked me if I have a lot of energy on the pitch but I get energy from learning and I think. I’m going to try to be a very good role model.”

Deila plans to utilise all the backroom staff at his disposal to get the best from his players.

“There are more people here but every role we have I also had at my former club," he added.

“I used a lot of money on my staff because if you have a player but you can’t develop him it’s no use.

“So your staff must get the end product, they have to have the knowledge in every way.

“Someone on psychology, mental training, someone on finishing, somebody on recovery and everything about injury prevention.

“It’s like a library and you need all the books and the players need to take the books they need. The players have to be curious, they have to want to learn, they have to want to get better.”

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