RONNY DEILA has explained chief executive Peter Lawwell’s appearance in the Celtic dressing room after the dismal 1-1 draw with Ross County at Parkhead today.
Angry fans let their feelings known with banners around the ground and a barrage of booing at the end of the dreadful stalemate against their League Cup conquerors.
Obviously, feelings are still running high after the colossal flop in last week’s Scottish Cup semi-final shambles.
The Hoops supremo was spotted going into the dressing room, but Deila, who only has four games to go before his two-year tenure comes to an end, defended Lawwell’s presence.
He said: “I talk to Peter Lawwell all the time and it is not the first time he has been in the dressing room.
“Of course, it is tough for the players to get that reaction from the fans, but we did not perform well today.
“In the second-half. there was not enough heart and energy in our play.
“But, with Aberdeen having lost on Friday, we are now nine points ahead and we have only lost three games in 34.
“We need to stay together, get over the line and we are only three points away from a fifth championship in a row.”
The home support were far from impressed by a lacklustre performance from their favourites, despite the prolific Leigh Griffiths thundering in his 38th goal of a superb campaign.
The champions-elect allowed the Highlanders back into the contest and, after the visitors had squandered two good opportunities, Stewart Murdoch equalised in the 64th minute.
Celtic’s next game is against Hearts at Tynecastle a week today.