11 Mar Deila: Celtic don’t have title jitters
By Craig Turnbull
Ronny Deila insists his Celtic side have no title nerves as they look to stave off the threat from challengers Aberdeen to secure five in a row.
The Dons ramped up the pressure on the league leaders, cutting the gap at the top to just a point after a terrific fightback against Partick Thistle in midweek.
Celtic though have a game in hand and Deila says that result hasn’t increased tension in the Hoops dressing room, insisting they can almost smell success.
“No, we do not have title nerves. We are looking forward to every game,” he said.
“We’ve put ourselves in the situation we wanted. We want to fight for Cup and league titles and that’s where we are now.
“We can start to see the end of it, there are 10 games left in the league and now we are looking forward to every game.
“Aberdeen have done well this year so you have to give them credit for that but still we are ahead and every day we are getting closer and closer to the goal and we can smell that.”
Celtic and Rangers have been paired together in the Scottish Cup semi-final which will be played at Hampden on April 17.
The Hoops won comfortably the last time the sides met in February 2015 but Deila is expecting a tougher test this time around.
“You can see that in the league the results are much better this year than they were last year so of course Rangers are getting better.
“It’s going to be a really big game and it’s something to look forward to.
“At the same time we have to focus on what is going on in the league now. There are five games before that one.
“But it’s a big chance for us. It’s another semi-final at Hampden Park. We will do everything we can to get the same result as we did last time.”
Deila believes that game could inspire his players for the remainder of the season.
“We’re talking about winning five in a row here,” he said.
“It’s a big thing. The league is very important first of all that’s what we have to focus on but it’s positive we are in the semi-final.
“That builds confidence that’s important in every game. If you get the best out of your players and everybody goes in with full confidence then it’s a huge positive.”