Darren Jackson slams disrespectful situation surrounding Ronny Deila, following Moyes' comments

Ronny Deila

Darren Jackson believes the talk surrounding Ronny Deila's future at Celtic is 'disrespectful'.

Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson has told The Scottish Sun that the speculation surrounding Ronny Deila's future as Bhoys manager is disrespectful.

Deila, 40, replaced Neil Lennon as Celtic boss back in the summer of 2014, leaving Stromsgodset in his native Norway, having thrived there by winning the Tippeligaen title in 2013.

Deila's first season at Celtic went fairly well; failure to reach the Champions League group stages was a blow, but he managed to win the Scottish Premiership title as well as the Scottish League Cup in a double-winning debut campaign.

However, a section of the Celtic fanbase have turned against Deila this season, having not only again failed to reach the Champions League group stages, but also crashed out of the Europa League at the first hurdle.

With a Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County, Deila again came under fire in January, whilst Aberdeen are rivalling Celtic for the title in what promises to be a tense finale to the season.

All that has led some fans to believe that Deila will be on his way out of Celtic Park come the end of the season, and there is plenty of talk about his future after David Moyes hinted to PLZ Soccer that he would be interested in becoming Celtic manager.

Now, former Celtic manager Darren Jackson has called the comments from Moyes and the questions about Deila's future 'disrespectful', and believes it would be harsh to sack the Norwegian if Celtic end the season as Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup champions.

"I think everyone is being totally disrespectful to Ronny," said Jackson. "He’s in a job, he’s top of the league and Celtic could still win the Scottish Cup. Yes, he’s had a couple of bad results, Ronny will admit that, but you can’t be expected to do any more in the league."

"There are going to be games you lose or draw that you should win. But I’ve been in a job at United when people were being linked and it’s not nice. I have a lot of respect for Ronny. The European results were disappointing and put him under a bit of pressure.

"But I wouldn’t like to say he should be out of a job when he’s top of the league and in a semi-final. It would be quite harsh if you won the double and then lost your job," he added.

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