Friday 20 October 2017

Celtic are smiles better than title rivals

Ronny Deila's Celtic remain favourites for a clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Photo: Kirk O'Rourke/PA Wire
Ronny Deila's Celtic remain favourites for a clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Photo: Kirk O'Rourke/PA Wire

Ronny Deila claims his Celtic squad are laughing their way to a potential treble.

The Scottish League Cup holders are eight points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership and, with six games remaining, on course for their fourth successive title.

The next step towards a clean sweep in the Norwegian's first season as Hoops boss is tomorrow's Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness at Hampden Park and Deila insists the feel-good factor at the club is increasing by the week.

"I think there has been a very good atmosphere here for a long, long time and it is getting better and better," he said. "People loosen up more when we know each other better and we are having a lot of fun here.

"One of the most important things needed to create and get better is to laugh a lot and enjoy life and I think that is something the players are doing. The togetherness is very good. But we know the moments to be very dedicated and to be focused when we train."

Deila will be without suspended striker Anthony Stokes and cup-tied midfield duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven against Inverness, who caused them problems in last Saturday's league clash. The teams fought out a scrappy 1-1 draw in their third league meeting this season, both sides having a previous win apiece.

Celtic v Inverness, tomorrow, Sky Sports 2, 12.15pm

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