MacLeod tells Deila what will happen if Bhoys lose this weekend

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Former Celtic star and assistant boss Murdo MacLeod says Ronny Deila is in for a hard time if the team loses against Rangers.

Former Celtic midfielder and assistant manager Murdo MacLeod has told the Scotsman about his fears for his old club’s current boss Ronny Deila.

He has suggested that this weekend’s League Cup clash against Rangers is one of the biggest games of Deila’s career so far and says the Norwegian coach will be in for a fan backlash if the Bhoys lose the game.

“This is a massive ­period coming up for him in all competitions but I think the Rangers game is up there with any of them,” said MacLeod.

“Every Old Firm fan has been waiting for this game and with Celtic being the favourites going into it, Ronny Deila is going to get so much stick if they don’t win.”

“It would be a sore one for him, with Rangers not being in the top flight and not playing as well as Celtic have been playing. The Celtic fans wouldn’t be happy.”

Deila has appeared calm in the build up to the massive game and it will be interesting to see what sort of line-up and attitude Celtic take into the game.

They will back the quality they have to wear down Rangers over the course of 90 minutes, but it will be difficult considering the passion and pace which is likely to be on display during the game.

Deila can’t think about what might happen and how he will be perceived should Celtic lose. His only aim leading up to the game should be to prepare his side in the right fashion and to back them to prevail with the right result.

Celtic are favourites because they have shown higher quality on a more consistent basis over the course of the season so far and Deila needs to trust that.

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