These eight matches prove Celtic manager Deila can handle pressure

Celtic's manager proved with his former club that he can handle it when every single result counts.

As Celtic approach the final straight in a season that continues to promise much, their fans may take some confidence from what manager Ronny Deila achieved when he guided his former club Stromsgodset to their first Norwegian title for 43 years in 2013.

Just as with Celtic, Deila’s former side were under considerable pressure at the business-end of the campaign, but they ultimately took 22 points from a possible 24 over their final eight games to win the Tippeligaen by a single point.

Celtic’s six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership means they have more leeway when it comes to potential league success, but their ongoing Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup campaigns mean the pressure will not let up for a while yet.

Deila showed at his former club that he can handle the pressure, with a side desperate for success knowing that one slip-up would have seen them fall at the final hurdle, making it 44 years without a league title.

But he did it then and there is no reason he cannot inspire his Celtic side to even greater heights, winning a treble that would emphatically prove how canny his appointment was.

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