Tommy Wright expects Celtic to be where they are in the league.
Celtic take on St Johnstone this evening in the Scottish Premiership as their busy run of games continues. The Bhoys have now played six times in 19 days, because of their continued presence in the Scottish Cup competitions and their run in the UEFA Europa League.
They have coped with that run exceptionally well, winning four, drawing one and losing one - the latter two results from the two-legged tie with Inter Milan.
Celtic are also in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals, the League Cup semi-final and, after beating nearest rivals Aberdeen 4-0 at the weekend, are now six points clear with a game in hand in the title race.
“Celtic have improved as the season has progressed and that was always going to be the case because when a new manager comes in it takes time.
“Ronny has been helped by the quality he inherited and the players he’s brought in like Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven at an important time of the season.
“He’s doing a good job but so are plenty of managers in the league."
Deila struggled at first at Celtic Park. He oversaw a thrashing at the hands of Legia Warsaw, in Champions League qualifying, which was eventually overturned as the Polish side fielded an ineligible player. They were then dumped out by Maribor and struggled for early form in the league.
But the Norwegian boss appears to have the respect of his opponents and the fans are now on his side as Celtic chase an incredible treble of Scottish domestic silverware.
Wright's St Johnstone, however, will hope to prove a stumbling block this evening and Wright was not wholly appreciative, insisting that the performances are exactly what Celtic should expect with the team they have currently got:
“They are on an incredible run but with the squad he’s got you’d expect that."
With the resources Celtic have Wright has a point, they should be well clear and their current position is no surprise.
But Deila will still hope to silence the doubters once again with a dominant show of force this evening.