Ross County 0-1 Celtic: Deila focused on signings, not sales

Celtic players celebrating
Celtic claimed a 1-0 win against Ross County with Kris Commons (centre) scoring

Celtic manager Ronny Deila re-iterated his desire to strengthen his squad following the 1-0 win over Ross County while maintaining his stance that key players would be staying at the club.

Kris Commons, one of those linked with a move away from Celtic Park, scored the winner in Dingwall while highly valued defender Virgil van Dijk played his part in the side keeping a clean sheet.

"As I've said the whole month, we're going to keep our team," the Norwegian manager told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Virgil's going to stay here and fight for Celtic."

Asked if he would be bringing players in, Deila responded: "Hopefully."

Commons' goal owed much to a big deflection off Staggies defender Paul Quinn but Deila felt his team were worthy winners, with the result taking them three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

"It was lucky there weren't more when you see the chances," he explained. "We could have scored more today.

"The attitude of the boys was very good. In the end, we deserved to win. We tried to play football on the floor. We had periods that were very good. They had hardly any chances so that's positive.

"Ross County defended well, like they did at Celtic Park [in December's 0-0 draw].

Leigh Griffiths and Scott Boyd
It was a tight match in the Highlands

"Now we've put ourselves in a very good position and we have everything in our hands."

Deila's focus now turns to next Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final against Rangers.

"Big, big day. Big match," he added. "For us it's a football game as well. We have to perform well to win the game. We have to have a good week now.

"We're looking forward to the game."

County boss Jim McIntyre described the defeat as "extremely sore".

"Unfortunately, it's taken a wicked deflection to beat us," he said.

"The players showed a great reaction from last week's defeat against St Mirren. There was plenty character on show and it was important that we gave the fans that.

"I thought the players stuck to it really well.

"We've worked the goalie a couple of times but unfortunately for us, he's pulled off a couple of good saves.

"If we get that level of performance and commitment every week, which we've had most of the season, then we'll do okay."

McIntyre too was asked about the closing 10 days of the transfer window and commented: "Safe to say, there'll be a couple of new faces by the time the window shuts. We'll wait and see what turns up."

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