Former Rangers boss Ally McCoist explains why Ronny Deila appears to be struggling at Celtic

The lack of real competition has Celtic at a crossroads, believes the former Gers boss.

The future of Celtic boss Ronny Deila continues to be a topic of much discussion. The Norwegian has become increasingly unpopular at Celtic after their European failures and struggle to runaway with the Scottish Premiership title.

Yesterday saw Deila's predecessor at Celtic leave Bolton Wanderers by mutual consent. Neil Lennon has struggled in English football and the immediate response to his exit certainly took into account a potential Celtic return.

The man Lennon so often went toe-to-toe with in that management spell was Rangers boss Ally McCoist.

The former Rangers player and manager has now told the BBC how he feels about speculation regarding the Celtic boss' future at Parkhead.

He stated:

"The current manager at Celtic is a man I have a great deal of sympathy for because, no matter what he does, it is probably not going to be enough.

"Scottish football for the last three or four years has been in an absolutely bizarre situation when nobody really knows what's good and what's bad and what's indifferent.

"For us as a country to have three of our biggest clubs out the top division last season, I don't think we are a strong enough footballing nation to have that.

"And the sooner Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen are back in the top flight together the better."

It is certainly interesting to hear the view of a man who has been in the Glasgow bubble as a football manager himself and McCoist clearly feels Deila does not deserve the current scrutiny over his long-term Celtic future.

However Celtic have been poor in European football under Deila and without Rangers for competition they were expected to perform much better then they have in the Premiership this season.

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