RONNY DEILA ignored talk of the sack after Celtic’s third successive Cup semi-final flop in two years but is set to remain in charge for the rest of the season as Celtic let it be known that they have no plans to sack him, for now at least.
The beleaguered Hoops boss, with majority shareholder Dermot Desmond watching from the stand, claimed his team failed to follow orders in the latest Hampden flop.
Asked about the chances of keeping his job, he answered: “That’s for the future. The only thought I have now is to get the league trophy to Celtic Park.
“It was a rollercoaster of a football game. It was up and down and in the end very down.
“I am very disappointed that we lost the game and I’m also not satisfied with our performance, either.
“We could have been better. In the first-half, we didn’t press well enough and we were not intensive enough.
“We knew what was coming, but we didn’t execute the plan well enough.
“The positive is that we came back two times and created some chances, but overall it’s not the best day we’ve had.
“I think it was quite an even game. We had our chances, but we have more to offer than we showed.”
Celtic players and fans protested before Barrie McKay’s goal which came from a shy which should have gone the Hoops’ way. But the Norwegian refused to blame referee Craig Thomson for a wrong call.
He added: “It was a clear throw-in to Celtic. Had it been a penalty, then we’ll talk about it, but from a throw we should have stopped it.”
The BBC are this morning reporting that Deila will NOT lose his job while the league campaign continues and as CQN has stated repeatedly, a decision on the management team will be taken in the summer and not before.
Even after yesterday’s disaster, Celtic will see out the season with Ronny Deila as manager. Celtic play Ross County at Celtic Park at the weekend and go into the post split fixtures a comfortable 8 points ahead of challengers Aberdeen with a vastly superior goal difference.
It is absolutely crucial that we rally behind and ensure that 5 in a row is safely delivered.
Then it will be time to address other matters.