Tuesday 20 August 2019

Deila expects to be given time at Parkhead

Celtic manager Ronny Deila
Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila expects to be given time by the Celtic board to make his mark in the Champions League.

Another European inquest got under way after the Hoops were beaten 2-1 by Norwegian outfit Molde at Parkhead on Thursday night to further damage their Europa League hopes.

The Scottish champions are bottom of Group A with two points from four games and need to beat Ajax at home and Fenerbahce away to reach the knockout stages.

Hoops manager Deila has passed up on three chances to make the Champions League since taking over from Neil Lennon in 2014 - Celtic were reinstated in his first season before losing out on the play-off to Maribor - and there is an ongoing debate as to whether the Celtic board should give him another chance next season, in the likely event that they win the league again.

Ahead of the trip to Ross County tomorrow, the Norwegian said: "When you see the history of this club they have had a manager before here who has struggled in Europe in the beginning and made it right.

"And they stand by their manager. That's what I expect with me as well. I really want to be here. I love being here. I love the club and the fans, everything and I am really ambitious.

"And I am sorry, I assure you, I haven't slept a lot last night but I see talent and progress in the team. I know we need to get better but we are still not out of the group.

"People can say it will be hard but it is possible. A victory against Ajax and we are suddenly into it again and we can do something in Turkey."

Asked whether he had been given assurances by the Celtic board, he replied: "I feel quite comfortable in things but you never know in football."

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