“If we win the league we still improve from last year,” the Dutch centre-back said. “We want to win it as soon as possible and that starts on Wednesday.”
Winning this year’s Premiership title itself is not the improvement that van Dijk speaks of, but it is Deila securing a double in his debut season at Parkhead which will be impressive.
Under Neil Lennon last term, Celtic only managed the league, being knocked out early of cups, and although he guaranteed Champions League football - something that Deila could not manage - it is hard to deny that the Norwegian has not been an improvement on the Hoops icon.
Celtic were arguably cheated out of a place in the final of the Scottish Cup, and the potential treble that could have brought, which, for all the Bhoys’ dominance of Scotland, would still be an incredible feat.
And Deila almost achieved this feat in a team that is unrecognisable from last term, having changed the style of football and brought in some key figures, all with youth on their side to build for the future.
Two trophies at the end of the season would be a roading success regardless of the situation the club found themselves in, but Deila has done this whilst rejuvenating the entire squad.
He should receive as much praise as possible for his work, and even if the season ended trophyless, the future looks bright for the Scottish giants.