All 21 Of Ronny Deila’s Celtic Signings Evaluated

All 21 Of Ronny Deila’s Celtic Signings Evaluated

The pressure is really on Ronny Deila following Wednesday’s Premiership loss to Aberdeen, and last weekend’s League Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County.

The Hoops manager may not have much longer left in Glasgow, but, when you break things down, he’s had a fair crack in the transfer market.

He may not have had the big bucks afforded to the likes of Martin O’Neill, or even Gordon Strachan, but the Norwegian has been allowed to sign 21 players since arriving at Celtic 18 months ago.

Here, in no particular order, we run down every player brought to Parkhead during his tenure, examining all of his hits and misses…

Carlton Cole – Miss


An unfathomable signing by Deila and Celtic. OK, it gives the side a different kind of option, but he joined the club in October and he’s barely been used at all. 
To date, the big Englishman has started just one match, away to Stranraer in the Scottish Cup, where he looked stiff and unfit. He was supposed to be the go-to-guy when the Hoops wanted to go long, but in the recent defeat to Aberdeen, Deila looked to Kazim-Richards for that particular role. Odd.

Jozo Simunovic – Jury’s Still Out

It’s still early days, but the Hoops might well have a player on their hands, albeit he seems to struggle with injuries. Still, signed for a relatively hefty fee, he needs to quickly prove he can handle the pressure of playing for such a big club. 

Ryan Christie – Jury’s Still Out

A very promising player, potentially with a bright future ahead of him. But his biggest challenge will be breaking into the first-team, with so many players of a similar ilk vying for a starting spot.

Tyler Blackett – Miss

An absolute disaster. He’s probably not been given much of a chance, but the Man Utd loanee has not looked up to it in his few first-team appearances. Being substituted against Molde after coming on as a sub stands out as a particular low point.

Scott Allan – Jury’s Still Out

It was a coup when they nicked the 24-year-old from under the noses of Rangers, but why he hasn’t been given any sort of run in the side is baffling. He’s done OK when played but just 10 appearances – mostly from the bench – since joining last August is surprising.

Nadir Cifti – Miss

There’s not much to say other than signing the Turk has been an unmitigated disaster. Never looked Celtic class and has been loaned out to Eskişehirspor in his homeland.

Logan Bailly – Jury’s Still Out

Back-up goalie, done fine when called upon but unlikely to ever really be a genuine long-term first-team keeper.

Saidy Janko – Miss

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Another attempt to unearth a gem which seems to have backfired. Once Manchester United’s reserve team player of the year, Janko has struggled with a dip in form and an ankle injury since arriving in Glasgow.
He’s never looked particularly impressive and you wonder if he’ll ever really be a first-team star.

Dedryck Boyata – Miss

The Belgian centre-back has looked unconvincing sign moving to Parkhead to say the least. He’s a decent enough option for most Scottish Premiership matches, but any time he’s came up against any sort of decent opposition striker, he’s looked nervy and unsure. 
Not the long-term answer in defence.

Stuart Armstrong – Jury’s Still Out

Impressed when he first arrived at Celtic, scoring a memorable goal against Inter Milan in the Europa League.
But his form has dipped of late, and there remains a suspicion that playing on the left-hand side of midfield isn’t his best – or most natural position. Still, potential to be a good player in the long-term.

Gary Mackay-Steven – Miss

Unquestionably a very skilful player, with bags of pace and energy. But he hasn’t made any sort of significant impact in his first 12 months at Parkhead. However, time is on his side and he’s still young enough to do so.

John Guidetti – Miss

A brilliant talent, who started his season-long loan on fire, before tailing off towards the end of the spell. Available on a free transfer last summer, neither Deila nor Peter Lawell seemed too bothered about keeping the Swede, and he is currently making a name for himself in La Liga.

Stefan Scepovic – Miss

Another failure in the striking department for Deila. Signed for around £2.3 million after an impressive spell in Spain with Sporting Gijon, Scepovic could never really break into the Celtic starting XI. However, to be fair to him, he did do OK when he played, scoring the winner against Astra in the Europa League. Scepovic was shipped out on loan to Getafe last summer.

Mubarak Wakaso – Miss

Arriving in the summer of 2014 on a season-long loan, the winger made next to no lasting impression on the Celtic faithful. You could be forgiven for forgetting he was ever in Scotland.

Jason Denayer – Hit

An excellent player, who looks to have a bright future ahead of him. Struck up a solid partnership with Virgil van Dijk, and showed nous and experience way beyond his years. Just a shame he didn’t fancy returning to Scotland for a second loan spell, with Man City sending him to Galatasary for the season.

Aleksander Tonev – Miss

A high profile failure, on and off the pitch. The less said about the Bulgarian’s controversial time at Celtic the better.

Jo Inge Berget – Miss

Looked terrible playing with Celtic, but like a world-beater against them. Came back to haunt the club in the Champions League qualifiers after Deila cut his loan spell short in 2014.

Craig Gordon – Hit

This deal was probably done before Deila arrived at Celtic, but still technically goes down as one of the Norwegian’s signings. An excellent first season saw the former Hearts and Sunderland stopper earn rave reviews but his form has tailed off in this campaign.
It’s probably not easy to build up your confidence when the defence in front of you is so leaky and impossible to predict. 

Colin Kazim-Richards – Jury’s Still Out

An odd signing, mainly because of his well documented baggage and, at 29, he doesn’t seem to fit into the club’s structure. However, he’s a big personality, and undoubtedly talented.

Patrick Roberts  – Jury’s Still Out

A bit of a coup to capture such a highly-rated talent who Manchester City have forked out £12 million for.
Whilst he’ll aid the push for Champions League football next summer, it remains a slight mystery why Celtic want to develop another team’s player, ahead of developing their own plethora of young talent.

Michael Duffy –  Jury’s Still Out

Signed as a development player, Duffy is still only 21 and on-loan at Alloa. Difficult to judge him just yet


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