Deila makes European admission while opening up on Celtic's trophy chances

Ronny Deila says that he never considered Celtic to be in with a chance of winning the Europa League, but is targeting domestic dominance.

Ronny Deila has admitted to Celtic's official website that he never believed his side had a chance of winning the Europa League this season.

Celtic exited the competition in the first knockout round after being handed a tough tie against Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan.

It does not mean that the Norwegian is a defeatist, though, as he admits that he is still hoping to claim the domestic treble.

"I didn’t say we would win the Europa League because that’s not realistic but it’s realistic to win the treble, so I know it’s up to us and if we don’t do it then okay, we’re not good enough, but high goals get high demands and good performances," he said. “This group can handle it – I know it.”

Deila has worked hard to build confidence at Parkhead and his methods have worked, meaning his treble target looks realistic.

Celtic have improved throughout the campaign and they look to be Scotland's standout side again, so seeing them lift all three major domestic trophies would not be a shock.

The Bhoys have a commanding lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, are in the final of the League Cup and have also progressed well in the Scottish Cup.

It means that this campaign could be one of the most memorable in recent times, even if their European run did not quite go to plan.

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