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Deila wins over Celtic doubters as Maribor loom

Ronny DEILA took some significant steps towards winning round the Celtic support during Saturday's 6-1 win over Dundee United.

Two resounding defeats against Legia Warsaw, an unconvincing league win at St Johnstone and the lack of new signings had set off the alarm bells among the hoops support as the Norwegian attempts to build on Neil Lennon's successes.

By 5.30pm tonight the Legia Warsaw saga should be settled, with a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, with Saturday's emphatic win helping to convince Celtic fans that Deila's lofty plans have a base in reality.

Dundee United had beaten Aberdeen and Motherwell in their opening matches but were blown away by Celtic's power play on Saturday with the Hoops 5-0 up before the hour mark.

The Celtic defence will need to be much tighter against Maribor on Wednesday night- Legia permitting- but there was enough about their forward play to suggest that the players are buying into the ways of their new manager.

Anthony Stokes was well supported by Kris Commons, Jo Inge Berget and Callum McGregor with the striker scoring the fifth goal from a long range free-kick despite Charlie Mulgrew claiming to have got a touch on the ball.

Loan signings Jason Denayer and Berget helped themselves to three of the goals leaving Deila with some big decisions to make for the Maribor match.

"I'm always optimistic but we have to keep on working hard and believe in what we're doing," Deila said looking forward to the tie in Slovenia.

"I hope we get a good result so we can fill Celtic Park and go through."

"If we keep the tempo high we can score goals, we need to pass the ball quickly and stay on the move.

"A lot of football now is going quick, it's about changes so we have to have quick reactions and I think today that was better."

James Forrest and Adam Matthews will almost certainly miss the trip to Slovenia after picking up knocks at the weekend.


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