Deila wants to move on and ‘get league over the line’

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FRONT PAGE - GRAEME MACPHER­SON

RONNY Deila in­sisted his fo­cus was on try­ing to win the Lad­brokes Premier­ship rather than grow­ing spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture af­ter his Celtic side bowed out of the Wil­liam Hill Scot­tish Cup at the semi-fi­nal stage for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son.

Deila can still par­tially res­cue an oth­er­wise dis­mal cam­paign by se­cur­ing his club’s fifth suc­ces­sive league cham­pi­onship, but he ac­cepts ques­tions over his fu­ture are now un­avoid­able and in­sists he does not ex­pect pity.

“Over­all, it’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity and, if it’s not good enough on the pitch, then it’s not good enough,” he said.

“You know you are go­ing to get those ques­tions all the time. I am very dis­ap­pointed, but I’m not think­ing about that at all. I know why the ques­tion is com­ing, but we have to just lift our­selves af­ter this dis­ap­point­ment and get the league over the line.

“Will I sur­vive? That’s for the fu­ture. Af­ter this match, it’s hard to talk about things. There is a lot of emotion. We can’t ex­pect pity and I can’t ei­ther.”

The strength of Rangers’ per­for­mance sug­gests the gap be­tween the two clubs is not as wide as had been pre­vi­ously thought ahead of the Ibrox club’s re­turn to the top divi­sion next sea­son.

“We will be ready when they come up,” said Deila. “We’ll see next year what they have to of­fer. It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent thing to do it over 38 games than do­ing it over one. They have im­proved and have the sec­ond big­gest bud­get in the country and they will have pres­sure to per­form.”

Deila re­vealed, how­ever, that he was un­happy with his team. “I’m not very sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance,” he said. “In the first half, we didn’t press well enough and we were not in­ten­sive enough in that we could have in­ter­cepted more balls. We need to be much quicker and calmer on the ball. The pos­i­tive is that we came back two times and cre­ated some chances, but, over­all, it’s not the best day we’ve had.”

Deila did not make too much of the fact the de­ci­sion to award a throw-in to Rangers ahead of their sec­ond goal should have been given the other way.

“It’s a clear throw-in to Celtic, but if that is the main part of the game, it’s too small a de­tail,” he added. “We should have stopped it.”

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