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Deila not ruling out Odegaard

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has rejected claims that they could not afford to sign Stromsgodset starlet Martin Odegaard.

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Ronny Deila: Looking for wingers for his Celtic squad

Ronny Deila: Looking for wingers for his Celtic squad

Odegaard has been linked with a possible move to Celtic to be reunited with Deila, who gave him his breakthrough at Stromsgodset at the age of 15.

The teenage talent is thought to be a target for a host of Europe's big guns and Deila's successor at Stromsgodset David Nielsen claimed recently Odegaard was too pricey for Celtic and would end up with Barcelona.

Deila has denied those suggestions and insists Celtic could vie with other clubs to sign the midfielder if they wanted to.

"It’s incorrect to say that Martin is outwith our range," Deila told Norwegian TV. "Martin must do what is best for him and we will do what is best for us - we’ll see if our paths meet at a later date. 

‘Martin is a good player but not even close to being a Celtic player at the moment. But there’s no doubt that he has the capability to be in the future."

Deila admitted he is in the market for wingers this summer as he looks to bolster Celtic's wide options next season.

“We don’t have so many options in terms of wingers. That is maybe the thing we have to look for first," added Deila.

“Last season a lot of midfielders were used in wide positions. Finding another winger is some-thing we will look at."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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