Celtic boss Ronny Deila takes another jibe at Sky?

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The Celtic head coach has been speaking about his side's end-of-the-season run-in.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila may have taken another jibe at football broadcaster Sky Sports, according to quotes attributed to him by the Scottish Express.

The 39-year-old was speaking at a pre-match press conference and shared his joy that the Bhoys are now playing at 3.30pm as opposed to midday once again.

During Celtic's Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen last Sunday, the champions were forced to play at 12pm in order to be broadcast on Sky Sports 3. Deila was not too pleased (even though his side eventually beat the Dons 4-0 anyway).

The Bhoys boss was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail before the Aberdeen clash: "I don't understand it. I understand that television are controlling it, and because they want to have it on Sky Sports we have to play before everyone else in England because that it is the most important thing. But when does it stop?

"Are we going to play at 10 o'clock soon? It's about the crowd as well: we have to think of the fans. At 3 o'clock more people come and it would be a bigger game. This should be prime time."

This week, the Norwegian told reporters: “Now we have four days between games and also it is not 12pm but 3.30pm."

Reading into Deila's comments without any potential reference to the broadcasters, the Celtic boss is delighted his side now have more time in between games at a crucial period in their season.

The Hoops face Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals this Sunday afternoon and will get a full week's rest before facing the same team in the Scottish League Cup final next Sunday.

The extra rest pleases Deila and could play a key part in Celtic's treble bid...

He added: "It is not the second and the third and the fourth game that is hard when you play so many games but it is when you come to sixth and seventh after each other and also only having three days instead of four between games. It is a big difference because you cannot get 100 per cent rested."

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