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Ronny Deila did not establish a healthy or fruitful relationship with the supporters of Celtic as he was selected as the coach of the Scottish club back in June of 2014 and a few weeks later, the club failed to defeat Maribor in the final qualifier that would allow them on qualifying into the Champions League but Celtic ultimately lost against Maribor and they were dropped down to the Europa League.
Fortunately for Ronny Deila, things have been turning around for the better of Celtic as they are currently located at the top of the Scottish League and are playing much more convincingly than some time ago.
Back in September of 2014, one of the League matches of Celtic was against Motherwell which is a team that has almost always been struggling just to avoid the bottom relegation zone and Celtic was expected to seal a fairly simple victory but it did not happen as the final scoreboard was displaying 1-1 with the only goal of Celtic arriving from a penalty kick that was scored by Kris Commons. Continue reading →
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The Scottish club Celtic FC is experiencing a campaign with superb results in the Scottish Premiership League as they are at the top after having collected a total of 35 points from the 15 league matches which have been played and has only conceded 9 goals.
It’s a slightly different story when you see their results and their position in the UEFA Europa League as Celtic FC has booked their spot into the last 32 teams that are remaining in the European competition but it has not been an easy ride as the Scottish club conceded 11 goals in 6 matches. It’s an underwhelming track record when you compare it to how they are doing in the Scottish League but nonetheless, the side of Ronny Deila still managed to qualify into the next stages of the UEFA Europa League along with the table-toppers Salzburg.
The pressure surrounding Celtic manager Ronny Deila eased for the moment after his team managed a stunning 6-0 victory over Partick Thistle in the League Cup. This thrashing has put Celtic in the League Cup semi-final draw. Speaking about the eventuality of playing against one of the top teams from the country, Deila said that he and his Celtic team are ready for any opponent. The win over Partick Thistle was the fourth consecutive in all competitions. It has finally put Deila on the path of winning over the Celtic fans, who have been losing their patience in the last few weeks.
Celtic were expected to comfortably win the league title without much trouble especially in the absence of Rangers, but they are fourth in the table with just 20 points on board. Hamilton’s lead has been cut to 3 points in the last few matches. This has given Celtic real belief that they can go on and play in the Scottish Premier League once again. For the moment, attention turned towards the draw for the League Cup semifinals. After his failure to get the club into the Champions League group stages, Deila’s season will be judged upon the number of trophies that he lifts.
“For me it is about winning trophies and we are now two wins away from getting the first one. So I am looking forward to the semi-final, who we meet doesn’t bother me. We just have to win. What you remember when your career is finished is titles and that’s why I’m here – to win trophies and make sure Celtic is successful. To do that we have to meet whatever team is in front of us,” said Deila. Celtic could meet the likes of Aberdeen and Dundee United. Rangers are also in the draw for the semifinals.
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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is of the opinion that Celtic will be a major absentee from the Champions League this campaign. The Scottish club were knocked out of the competition in the final qualification round after losing to Danish club Maribor. There were looking to reach the group stages for the second consecutive season after having given a huge lifeline from the previous round. Despite being defeated by Polish club Warsaw, Celtic were reinstated back into the competition after their opponents were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
Ferdinand, who has come up against Celtic on a couple of occasions in the Champions League when playing for Manchester United, says that the British club represents a lot of history and it will be sad to see them not in the elite European competition for the coming campaign. Celtic manager Ronny Deila gave a damning assessment of the club’s position in the European elite table. He said that Celtic are no longer the top club that they once were and that they should get used to playing in the Europa league more often than not.
Celtic have won the league without much opposition in the last few years due to the absence of Rangers, who are slowly making their way up the Scottish football league.
“I think for other teams Celtic will be a big miss, especially from the sense of occasion they bring. In the Champions League with teams like Barcelona, I speak to Gerard Pique and others and they say ‘The atmosphere against Celtic away is just unbelievable’. Some of them just don’t know about it. No disrespect to Scottish football but sometimes people in other countries don’t know the history of Celtic. But when they come here they leave aware of what is going on and the importance of the club,” said Ferdinand.