Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times explaining that he feels the hardest test is still to come for the club’s current boss Ronny Deila.
Deila has guided the side into the next round of the Champions League qualification progress and Lennon has suggested that the Norwegian is still developing, while claiming that tougher tests are about to meet the club head on.
“When he says ‘we are developing’, I think he includes himself in that as well as the players. It would be great for him on a personal level,” he’s quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“In terms of his own progress as a coach and a manager, it would be great to see them in there and he could test himself against the best.”
“I think the hardest test is still to come. You can almost get there, but you have got two very important and difficult games to come.”
Why Lennon has a point
Lennon has a point and there’s arguably an even bigger test to come for Deila if he gets Celtic into the Champions League group stage.
He’s never coached the club at that level of European football and it will provide a number of challenges in terms of tactics and how he rotates his squad alongside the pressure for the Bhoys to do well on the domestic scene.
However, it’s certainly not a negative issue and a challenge that Deila and Celtic should definitely be excited about.
Deila is a manager who is always about progression and development and simply qualifying for the Champions League group stage would represent the first improvement for the team compared with last season.