Thursday 22 August 2019

'We have turned things around,' vows defiant Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Delia
Celtic manager Ronny Delia

Andy Newport

Celtic's Europa League tie against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde tonight marks a staging post in Ronny Deila's tenure with the Scottish champions.

Fresh from overseeing his side's most authoritative display of the season against Aberdeen at the weekend, Norwegian Deila insisted his side are going in the right direction.

"We've turned things around," said Deila.

"We're in a good position domestically. I think we're improving. I see progress in a lot of things inside the club. I see players getting better."

Molde, mid-table in the Norwegian league, were 3-1 winners over Celtic at home, but Deila said: "Here we want to win trophies and do well in Europe. I really love it."

Celtic's hierarchy seem equally committed to their man but if they are to make it to the Champions League group stages next season, this squad needs strengthening.

"You have good times and bad times individually and as a team," said Deila, who is without injured captain Scott Brown tonight at Celtic Park.

"It's my task to turn negative energy into positive energy."

This is the arena in which Deila has to be judged. His side are bottom of Group A and failure to repeat last season's place in the knockout rounds will not be seen as progress.

To stand a chance of doing that a win over the sixth-best side in Norway has become a necessity for Deila and Celtic. (© Independent News Service)

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