Ronny Deila has urged the Celtic board to give him the same time as previous managers to turnaround the club’s ailing European fortunes.
The Norwegian was speaking after another dismal Europa League display against Molde which left them bottom of Group A – and needing two wins from their remaining two games against Ajax and Fenerbahce to qualify.
After a failed campaign last season following defeats to Legia Warsaw and Maribor and the Champions League exit to Malmo this term, Deila wants more time to turn around the club’s fortunes.
“When you see the history of this club they have had a manager before here who has struggled in Europe in the beginning and made it right,” he said.
“And they stood by their manager. That’s what I expect with me as well. I really want to be here. I love being here. I love the club and the fans, everything and I am really ambitious.”
Deila was the successor to Neil Lennon, who struggled in his first couple of forays into Europe with the Hoops.
Heavy defeats against Braga in Champions League qualification and Utrecht in Europa League qualification abruptly ended their participation in Europe in Lennon’s first season in charge in 2010/11.
The next season they rode their luck to reach the Europa League group stage after they were reinstated to the competition after Sion fielded ineligible players.
Before eventually going on to have a successful season in Lennon’s third campaign in charge reaching the last-16 of the Champions League, beating Barcelona in the group stages along the way.
Celtic’s problems this term in Europe have stemmed from a lack of consistency and experience among the back four.
There’s no Jason Denayer or Virgil van Dijk to call upon so why wasn’t an experienced defender brought in during the summer?
“It is a little bit about our policy,” Deila said. “We are looking for defenders who are older but there can’t be any big transfer fees because we use transfer fees on players we can develop and get some value in.
“And that is why we use money on a younger player who can reach the top.
“It is a balance all the time. It is something we need to look at of course but as I said but when Jozo and Dedryck have played together it looked good and there is a lot to build on there and if we can get consistency it will be very good.”