By Craig Turnbull
Celtic boss Ronny Deila fired a warning out to rivals Rangers, insisting the club are in a great position to achieve 10 in a row.
Deila, who will leave the Hoops at the end of the season after an underwhelming campaign, needs only a victory against Hearts on Saturday at Tynecastle to all-but seal a fifth successive title.
And despite Rangers’ promotion to the Premiership and Hearts and Aberdeen strengthening, Deila believes Celtic are well-equipped to see off any challenge from rivals next season and beyond.
“How well is the club set up to get 10 in a row? Very well. We have been the best in the last four years and we can be this year as well,” he said.
“And when you are the best, the only thing you have to be is hungry, everyone has to want to get better every day to improve because you have the advantage over the other teams and that will continue if the work has been done and do it even better.
“I hope that will happen. I will always be a big Celtic supporter and I will follow everything that happens but it is easy to talk about the future, first we have to win this title and get over the line.”
Deila said there would be no bitterness about returning to Celtic with a different side. Celtic have faced Molde and Malmo from Scandinavia this year and he could conceivably manage one of those clubs in the future.
The Norwegian though had another team on his mind, he joked: “It could be Real Madrid as well, you never know, we will see.
“If I came back here with another team it would be fun. But that is not in my mind right now.”