Celtic hero Paul McStay explains why he has no sympathy for Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila

The former Bhoys man says the Norwegian boss will feel lucky to have been given the opportunity manage "one of the biggest clubs in the world".

Former Celtic hero Paul McStay has told the Scottish Sun that he does not feel sorry for manager Ronny Deila despite increasing reports that he will lose his job, as he believes the Norwegian will be delighted to have been given the opportunity to manage "one of the biggest clubs in the world".

Deila has been under pressure for much of the latter half of the season as the Bhoys have struggled to assert their total dominance on the Scottish Premiership in their hunt for a fifth title in a row.

That scrutiny has been made far worse after the Hoops suffered arguably their worst moment in recent years with the penalty shootout defeat to arch-rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.

With whispers suggesting that the Celtic hierarchy have already decided that Deila will not be the man to lead them next year, McStay has explained why he does not feel any sympathy for the manager, but insisted that he must be allowed to see out the season.

The former midfielder, who spent his entire career at Parkhead and made 678 appearances for the club, told the Scottish Sun: "I don't feel sorry for Ronny from the point of view that he is managing one of the biggest clubs in the world. Ronny will have been delighted to have been given that opportunity.

"He has given it his best shot and he will continue to do that I think between now and the end of the season. I or any coach would love to have had an opportunity like that, so I think he should enjoy it and try to achieve the best he can. That means winning the league.

"I've never met Ronny but I've got a lot or respect for the guy. He comes across as a really good person. But right now he's still in a job so I would just leave it at that and allow him to go and hopefully win his second championship. That's where I'm at. If you come out now and do something drastic it might some detrimental effect on the team in the last few games."

Despite their cup heartbreak, Celtic appear certain to win a fifth successive league title this season, as they currently sit eight points clear of nearest challengers Aberdeen with just five matches remaining.

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