RONNY DELIA was delighted after Celtic’s 3-0 dismantling of Dundee United and admitted it was the perfect way to head into the upcoming international break.
He said: “It was one of those games where you feel totally in control from start to finish. We looked very solid and the first-half performance was good.

“We didn’t push as hard as we could in second half, but it’s been a terrific week with some good results and now we have a very good situation with the matches coming up after the international break.

“We had good control of the game today and I wasn’t surprised. It’s important to see now what kind of effect three games in six days days has on teams. We do that all the time and it’s very hard to do and you could see Dundee United were tired today.

“We had more energy and we could switch more in the squad as well, but that’s the difficulty of playing as many games as we are.

“We have played so many matches since January. We have fought hard, trained hard and been very focused and now some of the boys can get some rest, which is good.

“Some of them will have to go away with the national team, but it will be good for everyone to get some days away from each other and get ready for an exciting end of the season. We are going the right way and we have a very big and solid squad.”

Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong lined up against their former employers for the first time and both turned in impressive performances, with the former’s stunning strike from 25 yards putting the Bhoys on course for the three points.

Deila added: “It was a special game for them and it’s good we have played that game now as next time it won’t be special and they can concentrate more on their play. Both of them put in a good performance and we controlled the game very well.”

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