Celtic manager Ronny Deila explained in the Glasgow Evening Times what he feels has been the difficult period in the club’s season.
The Bhoys boss has suggested that the first two to three months of his reign at Parkhead was the vital period, with the club now looking likely to press on and secure a domestic treble.
“The first 2-3 months were like that (concerning). You know what the players want, but you just haven't got the message across,” said Deila.
“People are insecure, and that's a hard time for the coach and the players. Now you can see, when they go on the pitch, they are confident they will win.”
Celtic maintained their strong position in the Premiership with a win against Partick Thistle last night and are looking good for success in the Scottish Cup.
Deila deserves credit for getting the balance right across his squad and for finding a system, which has allowed the side to consistently secure impressive results in all competitions.
He also deserves credit for the skill he showed in keeping players happy and motivated during the difficult period where they were being forced to adjust to his fresh ideas and theories.
There are several things which are now common in the team such as an intense fitness level and commitment, which Deila has demanded which was always going to take time to develop.
The ideas and changes that he wanted to make to the team weren’t going to happen overnight, but gradually the frustration over the first couple of months has turned into positive praise.
The manager’s main challenge now is how he’s going to develop the side and keep them effective looking ahead to next season.