Sky Sports pundit Neil McCann gives verdict on Celtic fans' petition against Ronny Deila

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Neil McCann has condemned the petition against Celtic manager Ronny Deila.

Ex-Rangers winger and current pundit Neil McCann has told Sky Sports that the petition against Celtic manager Ronny Deila is 'a lot of rubbish'.

The Bhoys supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated with Deila's reign as Celtic manager, especially having not only crashed out of the Champions League after a play-off defeat to Malmo, but also been dumped out of the Europa League group stage.

Matters only worsened when Celtic lost 2-1 to Motherwell on Saturday afternoon, and fans made their frustrations clear earlier this week.

A small section of Bhoys fans have started a petition against Deila, stating that it's time for Celtic to part ways with the Norwegian and appoint a new manager.

The majority of Celtic fans aren't going to that level, but the petition has stirred up plenty of debate over the last week, with Deila under immense pressure right now.

Pundit Neil McCann, who played for Old Firm rivals Rangers, has told Sky Sports that he thinks the petition is 'a lot of rubbish' - but acknowledged that Deila is under pressure, and believes the fans should get behind the team or not turn up.

"I think the petition is a lot of rubbish," said McCann. "If Celtic fans have a problem with their manager then they can vote with their feet and not turn up. To be honest I have seen a quite sparse Celtic Park in a lot of football this season. I don't think Celtic fans are over-excited about how they are playing but the board will make the decision if they feel Ronny Deila is not the man to carry on in the job."

"I don't like to see any manager lose his job, but Celtic are under a bit of pressure. It is only a point gap at the top of the table although they have a game in hand, and of course losing at home to Motherwell was a big blow to them. It increases the pressure on the manager, but I think petitions are a waste of time and if Celtic fans are as good as they say they are - and I believe Celtic fans are a fantastic bunch - then they should get behind their team and their manager," he added.

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