Hearts boss Robbie Neilson explains why Ronny Deila can reflect on Celtic tenure with pride

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The Hoops boss is set to leave Parkhead at the end of the season.

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson believes that Ronny Deila will lead Celtic to a fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership title this season, and thus, will be able to leave Parkhead with plenty of pride, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Norwegian has confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, but can still secure the second league title of his tenure before his departure.

With five games to go, the Hoops are eight points clear of Aberdeen so are heavy favourites to be lifting the trophy once again. 

And Neilson has virtually assumed that the race is over by suggesting that Deila will be able to reflect on his time at the club positively having clinched two league crowns.

"To come into a country and win two league titles, you can't do a lot more," he told The Scottish Sun.

"I know the European campaigns can be difficult, but it's still disappointing he is going.

"But that's football nowadays, and when you're a manager and you're in it, you understand that.

"I like him, he is a nice guy, and to win two titles in two seasons, I'm pretty sure he'll leave with his head held high."

Despite the Hearts boss' remarks, it is surely not enough for a Celtic boss to end a season with just a league title to parade, especially as they have not been seriously challenged by a side since Rangers were last in the top flight. 

Their performance in Europe and in domestic cup competitions has not been good enough - though they did win the League Cup last season - and has left the door open for the likes of Aberdeen, Hearts and potentially Rangers to make a challenge next term. 

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