27 Aug Lennon: Deila can turn Celtic around
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has backed Ronny Deila to bounce back from Celtic’s Champions League disappointment.
The Hoops suffered 4-3 aggregate defeat to Malmo to miss the group stages for the second year running.
Bolton manager Lennon knows about the disappointment of missing out on European football with the Hoops after they were eliminated by Braga and Utrecht in his first season in charge.
However, Lennon turned the club’s fortunes around and guided Celtic to the last-16 of the competition in 2012-13, beating Barcelona on the way and he sees no reason why Deila can’t do the same.
“I’ve been through it in my first year. It is a bitter pill to swallow. Ronny’s a young manager he will get the backing of the board there’s no question about that,” he said.
“He needs to pick the club up and I think he will do that.
“It’s never easy qualifying. These are the most important games of the season.
“Malmo were three quarters of the way through their season, Celtic only played four or five games so they had a slight advantage.
“Now they’ve got a Europa League campaign where they can maybe make something of it. It’ll take a couple of days for everyone up there to get over it. They’ll be sore for a while.
“I think they are good enough and can do really well in the Europa League now.”