Ronny Deila. A candid and very honest man, (at least in front of the media) a gentleman that oozes enthusiasm for our 'beloved' game. However, after his Celtic side's defeat to Swedish side Malmo in the final hurdle of this years Champions League qualifying, one must wonder what lies ahead for the Scandanavian.
'SCARED AND FRIGHTENED'
Indeed, after the final whistle the Celtic boss was damning in his assessment of his side's performance in the Swedbank Stadium.
Deila said: "It was a team performance that was not at the level we should expect at these games. We have to learn from this, some very hard learning." via BBC Sport.
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"We knew if we were at our best we had a good chance to go through but we were not even close. "We looked very uncomfortable on the ball. We looked frightened and scared and that is very disappointing," he said in his media conference afterwards.
This is cause for some concern after the second exit in as many years for the Norwegian in Champions League qualifying. Last year's defeats at the hands of Legia Warsaw, then Maribor was nothing short of abysmal - and there are some calling for his head after the second successive disaster story in Sweden.
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Deila's team were very poor in defending set-pieces, and given the manor in which they lost another away goal at Celtic Park the previous week to old 'bhoy' Jo Inge Berget, you would be forgiven for thinking that his side would be well drilled in that particular department.
But no. Yet again, once more, another run-of-the-mill Malmo corner, another goal - this time captain Markus Rosenberg.
So many of Deila's key-figures let him down; Brown, Bitton, Johansen, even Van Dijk who is usually assured and efficient in the heart of the Celtic defence. Celtic played like a team that have ran out of ideas. Their passing was sloppy and not crisp enough, and their forward line lacked creativity and spark.
Although it could be argued that his team just didn't have the rub of the green when Nir Bitton's goal was denied by referee, Milorad Mazic, Deila's own admission of how his team played painted a different and more ominous picture.
Celtic now have to move on from this glitch in Deila's revolution and have the consolation of a place in the Europa League to keep their spirits aloft during the upcoming season. Whilst the club know they will pretty much win the league at a canter, they must concentrate on trying to make an impact in Europe's less glamorous competition.
This, aided with another domestic double, or perhaps even a treble, might just get everyone back on-side as they prepare for next year's qualifiers to compete in the holy grail of European football.
In the meantime, Ronny cannot afford to falter further in his pursuit of success.
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