Ronny Deila Says Managing Celtic Must Be Treated Like Having a Girlfriend

Ronny Deila Says Managing Celtic Must Be Treated Like Having a Girlfriend

Ronny Deila is still recovering from Thursday night’s devastating 2-1 defeat at home to Molde, which leaves their Europa League hopes in tatters.

Kris Commons’ goal was sandwiched between strikes from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Molde’s 40-year-old captain Daniel Hestad, to leave the Parkhead side bottom of their section with just two points from four games played.

The Hoops can still qualify for the knock-out stages but will need maximum points from the away trip to Fenerbahce and the home tie against Ajax.

And in the wake of the Norwegian side’s win in Glasgow, Celtic’s manager has came out fighting and insisted that he does not fear being sacked by the club’s board.

He also compared his role to having a girlfriend, in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership trip to in-form Ross County.

He said: “I expect to get time just as previous manager got time after struggling in Europe at first and I’m very confident we can reach the Champions League next year.

“That confidence comes from what I’ve done in the past. I know what I’m building.

“If you don’t have consistency, you have no chance. You need to build relationships – it’s like having a girlfriend.

“I can’t see there was anything wrong with the approach yesterday. Maybe in Molde we could have been more cautious.”

And the embattled boss summed up his press conference by admitting he can’t be fully sure that his job is not under threat, saying: “I feel I have their [Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell’s] backing but you never know in football.”

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