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Saturday 18 August 2018

Deila: 'No more Celtic departures before deadline'

Ronny Deila has insisted that no-one will be leaving Celtic on the final day of the transfer window.

The Hoops struggled to a 1-1 draw at Dundee yesterday amid speculation that Virgil van Dijk and Leigh Griffiths are about to move on.

Van Dijk- who was absent yesterday- has been linked to half a dozen Premiership clubs while yesterday's scorer Griffiths is believed to be a loan target for Hibs.

Deila has been under fire for the lack of transfer activity since he arrived from in June with the Champions League exit to Maribor adding to worries about his managerial style.

"We have to get everyone together now, there has been too much speculation getting in the way," the Norwegian explained. "Monday is the last day, we are going to get the players in that we want and get to work with them.

"With the window closing we will know the group that we have to work with, we will bring in competition with new blood coming into the team, we will be stronger after the window than before."

Going into yesterday's match Deila had brought in four loan signings- Jo Inge Berget, Jason Denayer, Alexsandar Tonev and Wakaso Mubarek- with Craig Gordon signing a deal after two years out of football through injury.

A €13m transfer profit from the sales of Fraser Forster and Tony Watt has left supporters frustrated with van Dijk's absence causing further concern although Deila was quick to deny that the defender was on his way out of Celtic.

"He is going to stay here and that's the most important thing," he responded to the van Dijk question before the match. "He is a very good football player and he is very important for us."

On the park Celtic went behind to a first minute header from James McPake but equalised midway through the second half with a deflected shot from Griffiths.

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