“So, we just have to keep focused on our performances and be ready for every game.”
The Hoops gaffer reckons his side asked a big question of their nearest rivals by winning 2-0 away to St Mirren. He added: “Our victory on Friday meant Aberdeen knew they had to win the next day.
“Now we are seven points ahead with nine games to go and in a good position.”
The clash against Thistle on Wednesday will see the champions play the first of three midweek games in a row, which will carry them right through to the post-split fixtures, which begin on April 25.
In the middle of all this, Celtic also have a trip to the Highlands to face Inverness Caley Thistle and also a Scottish Cup semi-final against John Hughes’ side.
Asked if he has ever known such an intensive schedule at this stage of a season, Deila answered: “No, not even close. So, it’s a new experience for me.
“I don’t know if it is knew for all of the players. Maybe it is for some.
“But the positive thing is that when you have to play so many matches at this time of the season it is because you are in every domestic tournament – and that’s what we want.”
Meanwhile, Celtic are awaiting news of how the SFA plan to proceed with their case against John Guidetti for allegedly singing a song which was offensive towards Rangers.
The Swede contests the charge. If found guilty, the striker could face a fine or a ban, but Deila is content to wait and see what transpires.
He said: “We have made a statement about that, so I don’t think I want to say any more about it.”