‘”f you say you want to come second, you will be a number two.
“If you say you want to win the Cup, you win the Cup.
“That’s how I think about leadership and motivation. When we won the league with Stromsgodset I believed we would win it.
“The players said we would win the league and we all believed we could do it — and we did it.
“You have to put demands on yourself. Everything is possible in football if you work together and have consistency. You can see what Aberdeen have done so far, but I hope we are improving more than them and there will be a greater distance between us next season.
“If everybody improves, it will be a very good season.”
Celtic won their fourth successive league title last weekend when Aberdeen lost to Dundee United at Tannadice. Kris Commons was reported as saying he never thought the Pittodrie club were a serious threat to the Hoops’ crown, Deila said: “That’s his opinion, but it’s very important to say Aberdeen did well. They had a fantastic season.
“They have pushed us. They were not so far behind us in the league all season. If Kris feels we had control of the situation and that we were consistent, then I understand what he was saying.
“After Christmas, we had good control of things. But that doesn’t take away from the season Aberdeen had.”