Responding to all of this under pressure Deila said: “This award is for everybody. It’s for the whole club, the players, staff and everybody who has turned things around, and that’s good. So, hopefully, we’ll get more in the future.
“We’ve won a lot of matches in the league and getting through in the League Cup was an important win, as well.
“Those were big games and it’s good that there are big games coming up all the time. I think we’re improving. You see more intensity in our play and we’re good at dealing with a lot of games because that’s also a tough thing that other teams don’t have to deal with.
“We are in a good position domestically and now I’m looking forward to the game against Molde on Thursday night.”
He said, “Well a great night in the Jock Stein Lounge (despite the crisis)
“Ronny Deila is a real gentleman, very honest in his answers, and a hard guy not to like.’
Here’s a summary on some of Ronny’s answers from !!Bada Bing!!’s notebook…
ON PLAYING 2 UPFRONT
He tried it last season with Leigh and Scepovic, but it just didn’t work as neither of them were really “hold up” players. He also tried it briefly this season with Leigh and Ciftci, but once again unsuccessfully. Carlton Cole has been brought in with that in mind, and we now have the option to play 2 up front i.e. a Plan B when he was asked why he doesn’t seem to have one.
ON FRIDAY’S ‘RANT’
He laughed when asked about it, but then admitted he couldn’t understand why the Scottish media don’t get behind the only Club representing Scotland in Europe. The total opposite of what would happen in Norway/Sweden, where everybody gets behind their representatives. The media are fixated with focussing on negatives and what happens off the pitch, not on it.
Broonie will miss next two games, but should be ready to return after the international break. Jozo has a slight knock, but is desperate to play on Thursday and probably will. Carlton Cole will be fit for the squad on Sunday, but will probably be given until after the international break.
ON YOUNG TIERNEY
A fantastic young player who he couldn’t keep out the team any longer. Not only great going forward, but can also defend. (A veiled dig at Izzy). Still tiring the last 10 minutes of games, but not because he is unfit, but because he makes so many lung bursting runs up and down the pitch all game.
He couldn’t understand how FIVE referees missed the handball in the SC SF. If they hadn’t, we would definitely have won that game, and would have had a very good chance in the Final against Falkirk. Then the same referee missed 2 stonewall penalties in the Motherwell game.
ON JOE HANSEN
Admitted he is disappointed by most of his games this season. Cited his back problems, but also thinks he lost some of his focus, especially after his best mate Van Dyck left for Southampton. (Seemed to be hinting that Johannsen wanted to follow him). But in recent games he has given full concentration and is coming back to his best.
ON CRAIG GORDON
He has found it very difficult playing behind a constantly changing back four, but has told Ronny that he is starting to get a good understanding with Boyata and Jozo.
PS Did you know that Derek McInnes won his first eight league matches as Aberdeen manager? Sensational!
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