Ex-Celtic man makes big claim surrounding Ronny Deila's future and Rangers cup tie

Andy Walker says not even victory in the Scottish Cup semi-final against the Bhoys' Old Firm rivals will see Deila keep his job beyond the end of the season.

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has insisted that not even victory in the Scottish Cup semi-final clash with arch-rivals Rangers will save Ronny Deila from losing his job at the end of the season, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The Bhoys and the Gers will face each other in the last four of the cup, a match which some have suggested could help the Norwegian manager win back some of the support from the club's fans.

However, only just over 14,000 watched the Hoops beat Morton in the quarter-final this weekend, the lowest crowd of the season at Parkhead.

Walker, who scored 67 goals in 189 matches across two spells at the club, believes the damage has already been done as Deila has long ago lost the backing of Hoops fans.

The 50-year-old said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: "With Celtic stumbling of late I think [the semi-final] will be a tight affair. Celtic have struggled with consistency in team selection and I think that’s hampered them. Rangers were very impressive against Dundee, I liked the way they played.

"Win or lose, I’m not convinced [Deila] will remain as Celtic manager. I think there is a general apathy there [at Parkhead], you can’t have supporters not showing up for matches when they have already bought season tickets."

Celtic may have returned to winning ways in the cup at the weekend, but a recent falter in their league form has seen them held to draws in each of their last two Scottish Premiership matches.

The result of that is that what looked like a certain fifth league title in a row is now far less assured, with Deila's side's lead over Aberdeen cut to just four points.

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