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MacLeod claims Deila has already done enough to win over Celtic fans

Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod has suggested that Ronny Deila has already improved his popularity with fans.

Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod has told the Daily Record he feels Ronny Deila has already proven himself to the club’s fans.

The ex-Bhoys player has suggested that the side has moved forward in terms of consistency and look like a difficult side to beat, which are reasons Deila has won over doubts about him which existed over the first half of the season.

“The current Celtic side can take a big step forward if they win this trophy. The team is looking very strong - they have been so consistent over the past few months,” said MacLeod.

“Celtic are a good side to watch and have the right attitude so I wouldn’t worry about them being too confident. The fans have now accepted Ronny.”

There is a bit of pressure on Deila ahead of the League Cup final against Dundee United this weekend, but he can further improve his popularity by winning his first trophy in charge of the side.

He’ll be under pressure because Celtic will be the favourites heading into the game. They have been in decent form and it will be a big mark against his record if Dundee United cause an upset.

Deila won’t mind if all of the attention is on him in the build up to the game because it deflects pressure away from his players.

A positive performance only stands to improve the volume and noise coming from Celtic fans for important games over the rest of the season and Deila won’t care if that means songs about the club, the players or himself.

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