Today Celtic must bounce back from yet another European disappointment. Once again, capitulation at the hands of Molde means another response on the domestic scene.
Both Aberdeen and Hearts won on Saturday, so Ronny Deila will be looking to reestablish the six spoint gap achieved after Aberdeen’s recent slump. He’ll need to win at Dingwall though, despite the current gap of three points, just to ease the pressure on him.
The fans are not happy with what is happening on the European scene. That, we are all agreed on.
In response, Ronny spoke of his disappointment in his players. The players also spoke about how they didn’t do well enough on the night.
So the coaching staff and playing staff appear to be of the same opinion here. I’d love to know what the general consensus is on the board of directors.
As I said recently, there is no sense Deila leaving before the end of the season if at all. This is his second season in charge and it isn’t even half way yet.
There is a treble on the table, which if managed would put Ronny in the history books. Whether that happens remains to be seen but there are still two Europa League matches to be played out as well.
Even though Celtic are still in with a chance, we haven’t seen enough to convince us that we will qualify. Away to Fenerbahçe will be tough in the final game so winning at home against Ajax would be essential.
Talking of chances, Ronny finally mentioned something that I’ve been talking about for months now. That his predecessor was given three cracks at Europe before they finally got to the Champions League.
It’s a fair point, hence the reason for me bringing it up again. Despite this, it isn’t changing peoples minds about him but I think it is something we should keep in mind and assess matters at the end of the current season.
The focus is on today and getting all three points. At this point in the season it is vital to stay ahead.
Fans will be making the long journey north for today. They will not want to be let down.