Martin O'Neill responds when asked whether he feels sympathy for Celtic boss Ronny Deila

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Martin O'Neill has given his view on Ronny Deila's situation at Celtic.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has told PLZ Soccer that he feels some sympathy for current Celtic manager Ronny Deila.

O'Neill, 63, became Celtic manager back in 2000 having left Leicester City for the job, and won three league titles, three Scottish Cups, one Scottish League Cup and even took the Bhoys to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003, only to be beaten by Jose Mourinho's Porto.

Now Ireland boss, O'Neill is able to look on at his former club and their situation under current manager Ronny Deila, who is certainly under some pressure.

Whilst O'Neill enjoyed European success at Celtic, current boss Deila not only failed to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League this season, but also crashed out of the Europa League in the group stage.

Celtic fans are starting to turn on the Norwegian, and his situation certainly wasn't helped by a shock 2-1 home defeat to Motherwell on Saturday afternoon.

Now, O'Neill has told PLZ Soccer that he does feel some sympathy for Deila, having enjoyed his own European days whilst in charge of the Glasgow giants.

"Yes, of course, you have sympathy for him in Europe," said O'Neill. "You want to compete in European football with the likes of Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League and you want the fans to get excited for those European nights."

With former Celtic defender David Moyes out of work, the Scot would be a popular choice for Bhoys fans if Deila does end up losing his job, given that winning the Scottish Premiership may not be enough to keep him in the role beyond the end of the season.

European success is also needed for a club the size of Celtic, and Deila so far hasn't been able to provide it, putting his position in doubt - even if veteran managers like O'Neill feel sympathy for him.

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