Celtic: Boss Ronny Deila delights in Scott Brown's new deal

Celtic manager Ronny Deila with skipper Scott Brown
Celtic manager Ronny Deila reckons Scott Brown will go on to become a manager when he hangs up his boots

Celtic manager Ronny Deila plans to build his team around Scott Brown, after the club captain signed a new four-year deal.

Midfielder Brown, 29, has committed his future to the Scottish champions by extending his stay until 2018.

"It's fantastic. He's the captain and he has a lot of knowledge and skills that we need in this team," said Deila.

"We want to build the team around him. He is a leader and he has the values we want on the pitch."

Brown, who joined from Hibernian in a £4.4m deal in 2007, could now finish his career at Celtic.

And Deila has tipped the 42-times capped Scotland skipper to go on to become a manager once he calls time on his playing career.

"I have a feeling he wants to be a coach and a manager some day, and I involve him a lot in the work we're doing because he has to put out the ideas I have on to the pitch," added Norwegian Deila.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on John Guidetti
"He's scoring goals and having good performances. He knows he's wanted so we just keep on working with him and I think we have a good chance to get him."

"I hope that he is going to be a good manager some day."

As far as Brown is concerned, he thinks it would be "amazing" to end his career at Celtic, although he has no intention of hanging up his boots at the end of his new deal.

And he revealed he was delighted to extend his stay at the club.

"They offered me the deal and I jumped at the chance," he said.

"I just think it's a great place to be - the fans, winning trophies, playing in the Champions League and Europa League, it's a great place. Everyone goes through hard times and the club stuck by me, so it's a little something back from me to stick by the club."

The Scottish champions entertain Dundee on Saturday, and in-form striker John Guidetti will be hoping to hit the goal trail again.

The 22-year-old Swede is on loan for the season from Manchester City and Deila has already started working to keep the hitman for longer.

There has been reported interest from Marseille but the Celtic manager remains hopeful of hanging on to the man who has hit nine goals so far this term.

"I think he is enjoying very much playing at Celtic, he enjoys coming to training every day and playing at Celtic Park in front of the fans," Deila added.

"He's scoring goals and having good performances. He knows he's wanted so we just keep on working with him and I think we have a good chance to get him."

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