Gary Mackay-Steven explains why he's grateful to Celtic boss Ronny Deila

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The winger helped the Hoops book their place in the last four of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

Gary Mackay-Steven has explained that he is grateful to Celtic manager Ronny Deila for taking the pressure off the squad, and believes that the Hoops need to repay him with victories, the Evening Times reports.

The Bhoys have come under fire over the last couple of months, but secured their place in the last four of the Scottish Cup after thrashing Morton 3-0 in the quarter-final - with Mackay-Steven bagging one of the goals - and the winger insisted that a lot of what the side have done right lately is down to the boss' positivity. 

"The manager has been great with us. He is always positive, always looking to get the best out of us," he told the Evening Times.

"He has had a lot on his plate over the last few weeks but he is always the same with us and on the training ground. He is upbeat and takes the pressure himself.

"The best way for us to repay him is by going out and getting good results. That is what we all want."

With Rangers out of the picture in the Scottish Premiership - though Mark Warburton's men are the ones that stand in the way of Celtic and a place in the Scottish Cup final - it is fair to say that Hoops fans expect to see their team dominate the league, and compete for plenty of silverware.

However, their recent run of four wins in their last eight games in all competitions has seen them knocked out of the League Cup at the semi-final stage, and has allowed Aberdeen to stay in the title race, which has understandably led to questions regarding whether Deila is the right man to lead the club forward, especially as the Old Firm appears set to be reunited in the top flight next term.

And while Mackay-Steven is grateful to Deila, it will only be by winning trophies that the pressure that the manager is deflecting away from the players will be alleviated entirely. 

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