Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times the different way he feels Ronny Deila dealt with domestic cup competitions at the club compared to Neil Lennon.
The experienced middle man has suggested that Lennon had more of an emphasis on the side performing on the platform of the Champions League, while Deila has concentrated on dominating domestically.
“This year there was more emphasis on the Treble because we were knocked out of the Champions League. Under Neil when we were in the Champions League we probably took the cups a little bit for granted,” said Commons.
Deila’s career at Celtic didn’t get off to the best start in terms of European football, as the club failed to progress to the Champions League group stage after defeat in the qualifying round.
However, the Bhoys still had the platform of the Europa League to perform on, which represented a good chance for the Bhoys to show what they were all about under Deila.
Deila certainly can’t be blamed for having more of an emphasis towards domestic action because that’s his, and the team’s, bread and butter.
He’s also just completed his first season as Celtic’s manager and it was important that he got to grips with the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish cups quickly.
He’s now got a very good chance to focus on qualifying for the Champions League and then using that as a competition to improve the standard of the team moving forward.
Parkhead has proven to be a very difficult place for the very best players at European clubs to get the better of their Celtic counterparts and Deila will be challenging the team and himself to prove they’ve got what it takes to be a real force in Europe.