Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits he is reluctant to make too many changes for the midweek Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb after scraping a narrow 1-0 win at Motherwell.
The Hoops have already qualified for the last 32 of the competition, meaning Thursday’s match in Croatia is effectively a dead rubber.
Deila has also expressed concerns about a hectic schedule having a detrimental effect on his players. But, despite fears fatigue could set in, the Celtic boss will resist the urge to make too many alterations from the side who secured their seventh league win in a row on Saturday.
He said: “Some of them will get a chance but it’s important we keep the consistency in the team. If we change too much, it’s not good for the players who are playing.”
Deila will be seeking an improvement on the display at Fir Park, where an early Anthony Stokes goal was all that separated them from struggling Motherwell.
He added: “I was a little bit angry because we had 20 very good minutes and then we started to be a little bit lazy and didn’t work enough. Suddenly, Motherwell are a good team. We need to do the job for 90 minutes.”
However, Celtic’s recent form overall has seen Deila rewarded with the SPFL Premiership manager of the month award for November. He said: “Of course it means a lot to me, that we have done well. Football is team work and my staff and I are working very close.
“I am a leader of the team and this is a reward for the whole team. We work very good together.”
Motherwell could name their new manager ahead of Saturday’s clash with bottom side Ross County, with caretaker boss Kenny Black and former midfielder Rob Maaskant reported to be on the six-man shortlist to replace Stuart McCall.
Regardless of whether the new boss is in place or not, Black admits a win is crucial to start moving away from the Premiership danger zone.
MOTHERWELL: Twardzik, Kerr (Ferguson 30), Ramsden, McManus, Francis-Angol, Carswell, Lasley, Vigurs (Erwin 79), Law, Ojamaa, Sutton (Ainsworth 79).
CELTIC: Gordon, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Biton, Forrest (Scepovic 81), Johansen, Stokes (Tonev 64), Guidetti (Commons 88).