Nir Bitton responds to questions over Ronny Deila's future as Celtic manager

Nir Bitton has defended under-fire Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told The Scottish Sun that he and the rest of the Bhoys squad are standing behind manager Ronny Deila.

The Israeli international, 24, penned a new four-and-a-half year contract earlier this week, committing his future to the Bhoys until 2020.

Whilst Bitton's future at Celtic Park has been assured, the situation surrounding manager Ronny Deila seems somewhat murkier after questions over his position.

The Norwegian won the league and the Scottish League Cup this season, but fans were desperate to see Celtic return to the Champions League this term - only for Deila's men to lose in a two-legged play-off against Malmo, consigning the Bhoys to the Europa League.

Again, qualification out of the group stage was expected, but a 3-1 defeat away at Molde last month means that Celtic could fail in Europe again.

With the return game against Molde coming up on Thursday, the pressure is certainly on Deila to get a good result, with some fans believing that his job should be on the line this season, with winning the Scottish Premiership seemingly not enough to be described as a successful season.

In the face of questions over Deila's future, midfielder Bitton has now tackled the situation - and told The Scottish Sun that the players want him to succeed, and they stand behind him despite the increasing pressure he is coming under.

"We stand behind him," said Bitton. "We played bad and if people want to blame someone for that, it’s us — not him. We just need to be sure we make him proud now. We want him to succeed."

"Again, we owe it. We need to play for Celtic, to show everybody we deserve to be there and that we deserve to go through from the group. We are still in it. We just need to create as much as we can to win the game," he added.

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