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Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell has given Ronny Deila a vote of confidence and insists the Parkhead club have to "keep the head" as their new manager finds himself under fire.

Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell has given Ronny Deila a vote of confidence and insists the Parkhead club have to "keep the head" as their new manager finds himself under fire.

The Norwegian came in for heavy criticism following the Hoops' exit to Maribor in the Champions League play-off in midweek.

Indeed, there have been questions over the former Stromsgodset manager's signings, tactics and team selections since the start of the season, all of which came to a head following the 1-0 defeat by the Slovenians which put them through 2-1 on aggregate and which left the Scottish champions in the Europa League.

However, Lawwell said: "We can't panic, we've got to keep the head for the longer term You need time in a period of transition and you've got to make allowances for a new manager. Nothing prepares you for the Celtic job.

"We have the Europa League and we need to do the best we can and we have a (domestic) treble to go for.

"We have to do the best thing for the club and its supporters for the longer term. He has new ideas, new philosophies and he still has the transfer window in terms of brining in players.

"There has been an awful lot to deal with. We have every confidence in him and we will back him like we backed all our other managers here, financially and with every support he can get."


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