McKinlay: What helped Ronny Deila's relationship with supporters

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Ex-Celtic defender Tosh McKinlay has commented on a special gesture between the club's fans and Ronny Deila.

Former Celtic defender Tosh McKinlay told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels the ‘Ronny Roar’ has improved manager Ronny Deila’s relationship with the fans.

Deila and the supporters didn’t get off to the best start at Parkhead, when the club failed to get into the Champions League last season.

However, McKinlay doesn’t anticipate any problems for Deila in terms of qualifying for the group stage of the European tournament this summer.

“It was a learning curve for everyone last season. With the Ronny Roar the manager warmed to the fans. That’s another bit of folklore to go with the Huddle and the Jungle,” he said.

“With a season under his belt I think he’ll be better equipped for the Champions League - It comes early and you have to be ready for it. I think Celtic will be this season.”

Why are Celtic better equipped for the Champions League this time round?

Simply because the squad have had a season playing under Deila and he’s had a season to get to know his players.

The qualifiers for the group stage last year came when he was still making changes and it was difficult for the players to adapt.

Things are much more settled this summer and the side have a great chance to make an impression in Europe.

How does Deila deal with some potential fitness issues?

Celtic’s squad gets back together next week for pre-season. Their start is earlier than some of their rivals because of their involvement in the European qualifying games.

All Deila can do is drill his players hard to raise their fitness levels, but in some cases the players should already be in a decent physical state because the latest round of international games only finished last weekend.

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