On Sunday, Celtic could only manage a draw at home to Motherwell. Kris Commons drew the Bhoy’s level from the penalty spot but this was a game that could have gone either way.
The result came off the back of a credible draw away in Europe a few days earlier. At home most would have expected a win but there were several changes made by Ronny Deila.
Whilst these kind of European hangovers were not uncommon during the Martin O’Neill era, some Celtic fans already feel enough is enough. Staggeringly, Ronny Deila has already been compared to Tony Mowbray, a touch melodramatic for this stage in the season.
Some have even talked about previous managers (Liam Brady) leaving at this stage of this season. Well, they had at least one full season before the one they got sacked in.
Yes its true, Deila has yet to see his Celtic side fully click and convince. Is it really time to start hitting the panic button though?
Celtic have played seven European and six domestic games. They are four points off the top of the league with one game at hand.
In order for Deila to see his vision on the field of play and allow late additions to the squad bed in, I’m prepared to be a bit more patient. If you are one of those Celtic fans who have seen enough already then fine, you are entitled to your opinion, particularly if you are a paying customer.
When Mowbray came in I gave him a chance to prove me wrong, but I was clear from the moment he was appointed that he was not the man for the job. I was right about that in the end sadly, but even he got until March of that season before getting the chop.
Deila continues to make changes and rotate players which I feel he is entitled to right now. Whilst this has contributed to inconsistency, I’d rather he did it now than later on in the season.
He’s getting to know his squad and trying different combinations to see what does and doesn’t work. I have my own concerns about choices Deila makes as well (Ambrose at right back) but with regards to the bigger picture I’ll wait and see what the manager produces in the coming weeks.
Scott Brown has just returned which is a huge boost. Though Deila is still without Mikael Lustig, Adam Matthews and James Forrest who as we know are all important players for the club.
What we are seeing now is frustrating, but personally I don’t think Celtic are a long way off settling down. I could be totally wrong but its only September, we’re involved in four competitions and its a new era so let’s give it a wee bit longer eh?
As many have pointed out, the League Cup match against Heart’s is crucial. They may be a Championship side currently but Ronny Deila should be aiming for a domestic treble starting with a victory tomorrow night.
Trophies will earn him respect and plaudits. As long as he remains in the race to obtain them, he deserves some backing.
Give him time.