Deila: Aberdeen game was the turning point

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The Celtic boss feels the 2-1 win over the Dons was vital for his rapport with supporters.

Celtic head coach Ronny Deila believes his side's narrow victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership was the turning point for his relationship with the Hoops faithful, according to the club's official website.

The Bhoys beat Aberdeen 2-1 at Pittodrie back in November but this was no run-of-the-mill win.

Adam Rooney gave the Dons a first-half lead before Stefan Johansen netted a 38th-minute equaliser for Celtic. But Deila's side were reduced to 10 men after skipper Scott Brown was sent off - and it took a dramatic late winner from defender Virgil van Dijk.

That late drama naturally led to a release of emotion from the Celtic players, as well as boss Deila himself, during the post-match celebrations.

And Deila feels it was the turning point for his relationship with his side's supporters.

The Norwegian told reporters: "I think, of course, it's the Aberdeen game away, when you show some emotion. It's important [to show emotion], I'm a very emotional guy.

"In the beginning, there were a lot of things and, if you are too emotional, you can make some wrong choices. But, when you feel safe and are going in the right direction, it's easier to show what you feel. Now, I'm just enjoying the moment and look forward to every game.

"It's unbelievable what the fans do. They make an unbelievable atmosphere."

Celtic look set to complete a double during Deila's first season at Parkhead, having already won the Scottish League Cup but lost against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

The Bhoys hold a significant lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with it looking like a matter of 'when' they will win the title, not 'if.'

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