Andy Walker comments on Ronny Deila's 'remarkable turnaround' as Celtic manager

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Ex-Celtic striker Andy Walker has praised Bhoys boss Ronny Deila for defying his critics.

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has told Sky Sports that Ronny Deila has made a 'remarkable turnaround' as Bhoys boss.

Norwegian Deila arrived as Celtic manager last summer, replacing the outgoing Neil Lennon having impressed as manager of Stromsgodset.

The appointment raised a few eyebrows given that the 39-year-old was a complete unknown at the time, and his reign didn't get off to the best of starts.

Celtic were hammered 6-1 on aggregate by Polish side Legia Warsaw, only to be reinstated after Legia fielded an ineligible player.

They were therefore given a second chance - only to lose 2-1 on aggregate to Slovenian side Maribor, and the early season failings piled pressure on Deila.

Yet now, Celtic have won the Scottish League Cup, and are favourites to win the Scottish Cup and Scottish Premier League - handing Deila the perfect chance to claim a historic treble in his first season.

Deila now has the backing of the Celtic supporters, and former Bhoys striker Andy Walker told Sky Sports that whilst Celtic have the best squad in Scotland, Deila has enjoyed a 'remarkable turnaround'.

"When you see the likes of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong coming in, it shows the strength and the resources that Celtic have - a huge advantage over everyone else," said Walker.

"But they've made it count, and there's so much to play for, because Ronny Deila could very conceivably get a treble in his first season. That would be a remarkable turnaround, given the uncertainty about how up to the job he was in the eyes of the Celtic supporters earlier in the season when they lost two Champions League games," he added.

There is still some way to go before Celtic can start to think about claiming a treble, but Deila has really turned things around in the second half of the season - and he deserves great praises for that.

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