Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has told the Glasgow Evening Times that the most disappointed person at the club following their Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Inverness is manager Ronny Deila.
The Bhoys lost 3-2 to ICT under controversial circumstances, with Celtic denied an obvious penalty for handball during the game, which would have almost certainly led to a red card and a numerical advantage for Deila’s side.
However, it wasn’t to be and the focus now switches to wrapping up the Scottish Premiership title and ensuring that the Norwegian finishes his first season at the club with a double.
“I think the gaffer is the most disappointed person out of everyone. He'd only have been the third Celtic manager to have won a Treble,” said Griffiths.
“He would have made history and, as players, we would have become legends – It will fire us up. We aren't far away from clinching the league now.”
Deila is a professional and while he may feel personally disappointed by the club’s failure to secure a place in the Scottish Cup final, he will focus on ensuring the side reacts in the right way.
It’s important he learns a lesson from the defeat so the next time the Bhoys are in that situation, they ensure they get themselves into a position where no small or large incident during the game can impact their fortunes.
It’s also important that he monitors his squad over the next few days because there will be some very disappointed individuals around the training pitch.
Fortunately, Celtic are one of the high profile British teams with a fixture this week as they prepare to play Dundee, which should provide an instant remedy for their frustrations.