RONNY DEILA today hinted Celtic are about to make their third signing of the summer as the deal to bring in Nadir Ciftci moved closer.

Dundee United are holding out for £2million for their Turkish striker who may put in a transfer request in order to quicken the deal going through.

Deila has opted not to talk about specific targets, but a FOURTH bid for the 23-year-old should be forthcoming, and there has also been talk about the Celtic boss taking the 16-year-old Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.

Asked about transfers, Deila said: “Do I expect something this week? We are working all the time. If the right one becomes available we will go for it.”

A move for Odegaard would be an intriguing one. Deila has made no secret of his desire to work again with the teenager to whom he gave his debut at Stromsgodset.

The talented playmaker moved to Real in January for a fee that will eventually cost £7million and, while he has since played for the first team – becoming the club’s youngest ever player – Rafa Benitez, Real’s new manager, would prefer the Norwegian to go out on loan for a season.

Deila watched his side go down 5-3 to Dukla Prague on Saturday at St Mirren Park in a performance that caused him a little concern.

But he promised that everything would be done to rectify the problems before FC Stjarnan come to Glasgow a week on Wednesday.

Deila said: “We will be training almost every day before the qualifier. We have no injuries, that’s the positive thing, so we can work with every single player. We just have to get everyone at the right level.

“I know we can be sharper, quicker and perform better than we did on Saturday.

“You always want to have a good performance. In defence, we were always one step behind and couldn’t get to their tempo. So it was a good test for us, a good training match.

“However, I am very happy with where we are. Everyone is training, they are all working hard. We have one more game before we play FC Stjarnan, and then there are some matches in between, so we will get better and better.

“We need this one-and-a-half weeks to get ourselves prepared. We do need this time and I’m sure that we will use it in a good way.”

Deila was delighted with the contribution of Stefan Johansen, who had a decent hour against Dukla.

The manager said: “Stefan was good. He created a lot. He had a fantastic assist for the Gary Mackay-Steven goal and he had a big chance himself. It was good to see.

“He just needs minutes under his belt. I was pleased with Stefan and Scott Brown. They both handled themselves well.”