ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes, tomorrow’s Betfred League Cup Final rival, has admitted he was saddened to hear Ronny Deila had suffered anxiety attacks during his time as Celtic gaffer.
The Norwegian revealed earlier this week he also had sleepless night during his two-year spell at Parkhead.
Throughout his brief reign, Deila’s main title rivals were the Pittodrie men who beat the Hoops twice in the Premiership last season before the Glasgow giants eased their way to their fifth successive crown.
McInnes said: “It’s a shame to hear that. It just shows how the job can consume you and people handle it a different way.
“If that is what he said, it is not nice to hear that to be honest, but I am sure he is not the only one.
“I think, without question, the two victories here, above all, planted that seed of doubt in them. They knew they had a challenge. They felt it.
“While we had good results and consistent results all over the country last season and the year before, it was the games last season when we beat them that had a significant impact on them.”
Brendan Rodgers, Deila’s successor in the summer, will be hoping to pile the pressure on McInnes and the Dons at Hampden tomorrow as the champions aim to become Celtic Centurians.
One more trophy will take the Hoops to the magical one hundred.
With two Premiership wins over the Pittodrie side have made Rodgers’ men massive favourites.
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