John Hartson was one but to name a few former Celtic players who had a lot of negatives to say about new boss Ronny Deila after a rugged start to the Norwegian’s career at Celtic Park.
Hartson, along with former strike partner Chris Sutton, was one of the former Stromsgodset boss’ biggest critics and he was quoted back in October saying Deila was ‘clueless’ and ‘a laughing stock’.
The Welshman – who has the club crest tattooed on his arm – then said that if Celtic didn’t win the Old Firm match against Rangers back in February then he would be finished at the club.
Now, in an interview with Sky Sports,Hartson has said that Deila has turned it around after an impressive performance in the San Siro against Inter Milan and an excellent domestic run. He said:
Celtic performed very admirable during the week against Inter Milan where they were slightly unforunate. I think 11 v 11 Celtic might have got the result they wanted to have taken them through.
Ronny Deila came in for quite a lot of criticism at the start of the season from myself and lots of the supporters and media but he’s turned it round to his credit and they’re playing some brilliant football at the moment.
Hartson was then asked if he believed the league title was over and he then went on to say:
Without sounding disrespectful to the other teams nobody can get near them at the minute so the domestic treble is a real possibility.
They’re playing so well, they’re defending well, they’ve got attacking minded players who attack all the time. They can swap strikers in terms of (Leigh) Griffiths and (John) Guidetti and Kris Commons who is a fantastic player.
The look unstoppable right now, they look invincible, they look unbeatable.
You can see the full interview here.