Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times the two sides of manager Ronny Deila.
Griffiths has revealed the different sides of the Norwegian, which have been important at different times this season, when he’s addressed the squad collectively to get the most out of them.
“The gaffer got us together on the day after the semi-final and told us we couldn't feel sorry for ourselves. We were going to Dens Park two days later. We had to dig in,” said Griffiths.
“Then we went to Tannadice, which is another difficult venue, and won again - The manager gave us a right rollicking at half-time. His complaint was about everybody, really. We were a bit sloppy.”
The League Cup result came under difficult circumstances with a now infamous handball, but Deila resisted the urge to lay into his team for not protecting the lead they created in that game.
Morale would have been low and he recognised the need to take a softer approach to lift the spirits of the side.
However, the game against Dundee United also shows that he’s a good judge of when to let rip and criticise his players.
Any manager who adopts that approach will put his players on edge, causing them to tense up and reducing the chance that they are going to make further mistakes.
Celtic look good for a double this season and if they are going to press on for a treble in the next campaign, it’s important that the manager continues to judge effectively when to step in and when to out an arm around his team.