11 Feb Deila: Celtic have a point to prove
By Craig Turnbull
Celtic boss Ronny Deila says his players have a point to prove ahead of their Premiership clash against Ross County.
The Staggies ended the Hoops’ dream of a treble after beating them 3-1 in the League Cup semi-final in a week which also saw Deila’s side suffer defeat to Aberdeen and post an unconvincing win over lowland league outfit East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup.
It’s back to league duty for the Scottish champions and, although Deila played down the idea of revenge, he says his team are “hungry” and are determined to silence their detractors.
“I think revenge is the wrong word but at the same time we really want to bounce back after the semi-final,” he said.
“We want to prove a point. It is about coming on and getting momentum, getting on the right track and winning football games.
“If we do that everything will be good, we’ll get confidence in the team and we will play well.”
Striker Leigh Griffiths was subjected to vile abuse on Twitter in which a 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident
but Deila believes that won’t affect Griffiths on the park.
“I haven’t talked to him about this but I think he will be in a positive way on Saturday.
“If you have a lot of opinions, you can also get a lot of what Leigh is into.
“It is something to reflect on and try to do the best out of situations so you perform as good as possible on the pitch.
“I think he is strong mentally. He knows what is right and wrong and has performed very well this season, he needs to keep his focus on what he has done earlier.”
Reports suggest Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers are interested Charlie Mulgrew who is out of contract in the summer but Deila is hopeful of holding on to his player if he can get fit.
“It is normal that a player of Charlie’s standard has clubs looking for him,” Deila said.
“He has played only one game in a very long time so he is focused and we are focused to get him back to his best level. Injury-free Charlie is a resource for us.”