Celtic boss Ronny Deila admits pressure has taught him a lot about himself

Celtic face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has spoken to BBC Sport and explained how the pressure that comes along with managing a club the size of Celtic has enabled him to learn so much more about himself.

The Hoops hold a comfortable eight point lead over second placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, and are preparing to face fierce rivals - Rangers, in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Norwegian talked about the highly pressurised environment at Celtic Park:

"This is a job that never stops. With all the criticism and pressure, I have learnt a lot about myself. I'm very pleased with the experience I have gained at Celtic, and I'm looking forward to the future."

Deila has found himself the target of heavy criticism for Celtic's failure to romp away with the league and their early European exit.

Since the absence of Rangers from the Premiership, the Glasgow giants have been expected to win the league at a canter and the pressure is already building ahead of the semi-final Old Firm showdown. The majority of fans and pundits are expecting Celtic to triumph with their vastly superior squad packed full of internationals.

The expectation levels are so high that many believe Deila's job could rest on the outcome of the result on Sunday, and former Hoops striker - Frank McAvennie believes it's a no win situation for Deila, as reported by BBC Sport:

"Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond are the only two people who are going to decide Ronny's future - if it hasn't been decided already. If they get beaten by Rangers then it will be decided. I think he's on a hiding to nothing to be honest."

Deila surely deserves some credit, however - he won the league and cup double in his first season in charge of Celtic, and victory against Rangers will go along way towards securing his future, as he looks to emulate the success of last season.

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