Dermot Desmond clarifies Deila's future, claims Bitton and Rogic have made 'considerable improvement'

Dermot Desmond has backed Ronny Deila for success at Celtic.

Celtic's majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has told the Daily Record that he is 'very confident' in the ability of manager Ronny Deila.

The Bhoys coasted to the Scottish Premiership title last season, whilst they also won the Scottish League Cup - though a Champions League campaign evaded them after defeat to Maribor.

This time around, Celtic have also crashed out of the Champions League before the group stage having lost to Malmo, and they also sit four points adrift of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Championship.

The underwhelming start to the season has piled pressure on boss Ronny Deila, who is in his second season as manager of the Bhoys after his move from Stromsgodset in 2014.

Fans don't want Deila sacked just yet, but they are well aware that results and performances must improve in the near future, before the pressure on the Norwegian rises even more.

Now, Celtic's majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has told the Daily Record that Deila's position as manager is safe, and noted his work in improving players like Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton are a testament to his ability to develop players, something Celtic are keen to do.

"Deila has got two trophies under his belt and I think we can see from the good work he’s done with a lot of the players have come on," said Desmond. "In the current squad if you take [Tom] Rogic and [Nir] Bitton have made considerable improvement and a lot of other players have made considerably improvement under Ronny’s guidance.

"So I feel very confident he’ll continue to improve all the teams at Celtic. I’m very confident at Ronny’s future at Celtic. I’m confident the best of Ronny Deila and the best of Celtic is to come," he added.

Midfielders Rogic and Bitton were far from important under previous boss Neil Lennon, but their improvement under Deila has been noticeable, particularly in 2015 - and if they continue to impress, they could follow in the footsteps of former team-mate Virgil van Dijk and earn a move to the Premier League.

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