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Kris Commons Says Empty Seats at Celtic Park Became a Running Joke During Ronny Deila’s Era

Kris Commons Says Empty Seats at Celtic Park Became a Running Joke During Ronny Deila’s Era

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons claims empty seats at Celtic Park were a running joke amongst him and his team-mates during Ronny Deila‘s spell as manager.

Deila was in charge of the Hoops between the summer of 2014 and 2016, and won two Ladbrokes Premiership titles as well as a Scottish League Cup throughout his spell in Scottish football.

However, the Norwegian’s failure to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League in either season saw Commons and his colleagues turning out in some dour and uninspiring Europa League group ties against the likes of Astra Giurgiu and Molde.

Moreover, with Rangers then playing their football in the SPFL, Celtic Park was rarely at full capacity, and speaking in his column for the Daily Mail, Commons compared the current situation at Aberdeen to his own experiences under Deila, writing: “

“I’ve no doubt McInnes can handle the stick he’s been taking. He’s been in the game long enough to have developed a thick skin with these kind of things.

“But when punters decide they’ve had enough and can’t even be bothered to turn up, that’s when you know you’re in a bit of bother.

“I can vouch for that from my time at Celtic. During Ronny Deila’s second season, the empty seats at Parkhead became a bit of a running joke.

“The top tier of the stadium would be closed for Europa League games. Flags would be draped over the empty sections to try and hide it.

“It becomes a source of embarrassment. Players aren’t blind. They can see for themselves and are fully aware of what’s going on.

“An empty stadium is a massive problem. It deprives the club of much-needed revenue and it also looks terrible on TV when it comes to attracting new players.”

Of course, Deila was replaced by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2016, with the Northern Irishman filling Celtic Park to the rafters as he claimed an unprecedented ‘invincible’ treble.

But what do you think of Commons’ take on Deila’s spell in Scotland, and will Derek McInnes still be Aberdeen boss this time next season?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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