Former Celtic winger Joe Miller has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he doesn’t feel Ronny Deila has any excuses heading into the new season.
Deila is under pressure to not just replicate the double he won in his first season at Parkhead, but to improve on it as he chases a domestic treble and success in the Champions League.
Miller has suggested that the Norwegian is enjoying a better situation this summer than the one he was thrust into around this time last year.
“There was a lot happened in the manager’s first year and he was thrown into the Champions League qualifiers,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“You could make a lot of excuses for him then, but he’s got a domestic season behind him now where he did well and won two trophies.”
“There is a good group of players there who now know his methods, so it’s about establishing a good side and having a right go.”
What’s Celtic’s immediate aim?
The only focus for Deila at the moment should be ensuring that his team are part of the Champions League group stage for next season.
The club take on FC Stjarnan in the qualifying round for the European competition and should be very confident of progression into the tournament.
The Champions League is vital for Celtic due to a number of reasons, with the ability to attract a higher quality of player in the transfer market just one of them.
What should be Celtic’s aim for the season?
Deila will likely want Celtic to take care of their bread and butter domestically, before pushing hard in whichever European competition they are part of.
There is real pressure over the club to keep themselves one step ahead of their rivals in the Scottish Premiership and the side will be out to put the record straight with domestic cups, especially the Scottish Cup.