01 Feb Ronny still no1
Ronny Deila is still the man for Celtic.
The manager of the Premiership champions watched another attempt at a treble slip by with defeat to Ross County in the semi-final of the League cup at Hampden on Sunday.
Despite the fact he’s had a budget that covers almost all other clubs in the top league put together, his side failed, yet again, to deliver when it mattered.
The ref, the red card, ten men, Alex Schalk, yes they’re all in there in the latest set of excuses and a few more will be added up at Pittodrie if it all goes pear-shaped in the league showdown.
As Ross County fired in the killer third goal, I watched Dons boss Derek McInnes leave his seat in the Hampden stand. He’d seen enough of the Celtic defence to know his side will never have a better chance of beating them on Wednesday.
But Ronny is still the man because Celtic don’t sack managers, they stick by them.
This is the man who will now chase the double, unless some pesky team or match official has other ideas in the Scottish cup.
The league is a certainty, surely?
Then it’s on to the summer transfer window with a few more midfielders added and some tricky qualifiers.
Forget this season’s losses to the likes of Malmo, they were a good side and it is just that mainstream Scottish media highlighting the hapless defending at Celtic park.
The defeat up at Aberdeen against ten men was just unlucky. Molde are no mugs in Europe at home and away! Ajax have won the Champions League.
The time to judge Ronny is next season.
There’s been a couple of blips here and there. Motherwell, rooted in the bottom half of the table had beaten Dundee and drew with Hearts, so that loss at home was not a shock.
The league is the most important, the cups are a bonus. The defence will eventually come good.
The Celtic fans are still right behind the project that Ronny is building. The football is good to watch and anyone who thinks otherwise has just got it in for the club.
The evidence is there for all to see. The majority of the 22,072 inside Hampden realise it’s just a wee bit of luck going against the team at crucial times.
Who mentioned the treble anyway? How dare the journalists ask the question and get the same response two years on the trot. There’s an agenda, can you see it?