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Thursday 24 May 2018

Ronny Deila unconcerned over his future despite abysmal League Cup semi-final defeat

Celtic manager Ronny Deila appears dejected during the Utilita Energy Scottish League Cup, semi-final match at Hampden Park
Celtic manager Ronny Deila appears dejected during the Utilita Energy Scottish League Cup, semi-final match at Hampden Park

Joe McHugh

Ronny Deila claimed that he's not worried about his future despite Celtic's 3-1 League Cup semi-final defeat from Ross County.

Celtic fans made their feelings known by booing the team and emptying Hampden on the final whistle as their treble hopes died a death.

Calls for Deila to go will intensify now after a brief lull following a six match Europa League campaign that failed to produce a single win.

Another big match blunder from Efe Ambrose provided Ross County with an equaliser and left Celtic to play for 75 minutes with ten men.

“I am not worried about anything,” he responded when asked if he was concerned about his own future as manager. “I'm not disappointed, it's tough, things can happen in one game, it happened again today and I'm very disappointed.

“There is still a lot to play for, I see a team that can be really good and I'm going to work hard with them.”

Earlier the Celtic boss had claimed that his players were weak before correcting that comment.

“We played 80 minutes with ten men and could have played better,” Deila explained about the match in which Celtic took the lead in the first minute through Gary Mackay-Stevens. “We could have showed more character when things went against us, we were a little bit too weak and gave things away too easily.

“I didn't mean weak, I think that we can be stronger when things go against us, that's something that we are working on, we have to get better.”

Whatever was lost in translation the repercussions from the result will be far reaching with Deila's credibility shot to pieces among many of the Celtic support.

A win-less Europa League campaign on the back of crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers to Malmo can't be covered over by 8-1 victories over Hamilton Accies.

Wednesday's Premiership clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie could finish with Celtic nine points clear and on course for five in a row but that won't cut any ice with the Celtic fans as they streamed out of Hampden with the post mortem starting from the moment Alex Shalk crashed in the third goal.

There was still 27 minutes left to play but in their hearts the Celtic support knew that their side weren't capable of turning the match around.

Down the generations legends have been formed on the back of stirring comebacks against the odds, in 2016 the players looked lost at how to turn the situation around.

There was plenty of controversy throughout the match but that doesn't mask the failings of Deila and the squad that he has assembled.

“It is my responsibility to get things right,” Deila added. “I'm very very disappointed, we now have another important game on Wednesday.

“There is so much to play for, we can put our stamp on the league by going nine points ahead of Aberdeen.

“I think that it was a penalty but I'm not sure if it was a sending off, Craig Gordon had control of it but it was a hard decision for the referee to make, if it was red or not. I won't blame him.

“At the second goal from a corner there was a clear free kick on Craig Gordon, it was poor defending but in my opinion it should have been a clear free kick for us.”

Tomorrow, Celtic are expecting to complete the loan signing of Patrick Roberts from Manchester City but it'll take more than a teenage wonder boy to restore the faith of dejected Celtic fans unwilling to trust Deila with another Champions League qualification campaign- assuming that the title is won.

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