Mjallby happy with Hoops' improvement

02 May 2011 02:00
Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby admits assembling a virtually new team at the start of the season was a concern - so the double celebration he enjoyed on the first day of May came with a sense of achievement. The Hoops followed up their 4-1 win over Dundee United, which kept the destiny of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title in their hands, by watching left-back Emilio Izaguirre scoop the Cheque Centre PFA Scotland Player of the Year Award. The Honduras left-back was among eight players who started against United to have joined the club after the end of last season, while another, teenager James Forrest, was also handed his debut by manager Neil Lennon. Mjallby knew it was a risk bringing in so many new players but seeing Izaguirre collecting the award ahead of competition from another summer signing, Gary Hooper, was further vindication of their policy. "We are just so happy that we have really improved this team," the Swede said. "With 11 or 12 new signings we knew it was a wee bit of a worry if we would be able to get them to gel so quickly but I think we have done a good job and the players have been a credit to themselves."

Source: PA