Ex-Celtic defender Mark Wilson disagrees with Ronny Deila over performances this season

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Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson believes the Bhoys have stood still.

Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has told The Scottish Sun that he doesn't feel Celtic have progressed this season, despite Ronny Deila's claims.

The Bhoys had a slow start to the Scottish Premiership season, and Aberdeen were leading the division by some way - but Deila's men have now clawed back those points, and look set to win the title for a fifth straight season.

Missing out on the Champions League group stage was a major blow for Deila, and there were plenty of question marks over the Norwegian's future in Glasgow following the defeat to Malmo over two legs.

Deila remains adamant that Celtic are moving in the right direction though, even though the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Southampton last month has left the Bhoys somewhat short of quality in the heart of defence.

Now though, former Celtic right back Mark Wilson - who left the club back in 2012 after an injury-hit spell at Celtic Park - has now had his say on the club's fortunes this season.

Wilson has told The Scottish Sun that he disagrees with Deila's assertion that Celtic are better than they were last season, and believes that rather than improving and moving forward, Celtic have stood still - but are still likely to win the title this season.

"Celtic are sitting at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership once again and they might just stay there now," said Wilson. "The Bhoys went through a tough period earlier in the season when they were criticised for not seeing results out. At that time Ronny Deila said they were better off than last year - but I’m not so sure."

"I wouldn’t say they’ve gone backwards but perhaps they have stood still. With Aberdeen playing so well at the start of the season it highlighted this. When Celtic lost to Aberdeen at Pittodrie it showed that they were in a slump of sorts. They were conceding from set pieces which would have been alarming for the coaches. However the 6-0 win over Dundee looks to have been a turning point," he added.

There has been plenty of criticism for Celtic over their transfer dealings, with some believing that players like Dedryck Boyata, Tyler Blackett, Scott Allan and Nadir Ciftci aren't good enough to take the club to the next level - and it seems that Wilson is also unconvinced by the Bhoys this term.

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