Deila plans to party if Celtic clinch ti­tle with vic­tory over Hearts

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Celtic will party at Tynecas­tle to­day if they take all three points from their Lad­brokes Premier­ship lunchtime meet­ing with third-placed Hearts.

Ronny Deila, the Celtic boss, con­firmed he would not look over his shoul­der for Aberdeen’s re­sult com­ing in from Pit­to­drie should his side get the re­quired vic­tory in Edinburgh.

A win for Celtic would en­sure that their sub­stan­tial goal dif­fer­ence — cur­rently at 36 — would ef­fec­tively mean that even if they blew their last three games, they would still be crowned cham­pi­ons. And Deila plans to cel­e­brate on the whis­tle if he gets the re­sult he wants.

“If we win to­day and we lose it [the ti­tle] I will know then that I don’t have any­thing to do in foot­ball,” joked the Nor­we­gian. “If we win, we are cham­pi­ons — even I can say that. There are too many goals.

“So every­thing is about our­selves and get­ting three points in the game.

“If we win the league af­ter 38 games then of course we have a right to cel­e­brate. The best team in Scot­land is the team who wins the league and that is hope­fully go­ing to be us. It is a big game and a big op­por­tu­nity for us.

“We want to win and cross the line but it is go­ing to be tough. Hearts have been good this sea­son and it al­ways tough to play at their ground. The at­mos­phere is good, it is a tight lit­tle pitch so we have to be re­ally up for it.”

Pic­ture: SNS

CHEERS: Eirik Svi­atchenko and Paul Con­dron, Mag­n­ers man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, pose for pic­tures af­ter the Ir­ish drinks com­pany, which has spon­sored Celtic since 2013, an­nounced a new four-year deal with the club.

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