Ronny Deila suggests his Celtic tenure would still be going on if not for semi-final handball

General view outside Celtic Park before the game

Ronny Deila spent two years in charge of Celtic before leaving the Scottish Premiership champions last summer.

Celtic manager Ronny DeilaFormer Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila has suggested that had Celtic gone on to win the treble during the 2014/15 season, he would still be in charge of the Hoops today, and admitted that the Scottish Cup semi-final injustice from that campaign still irks him, the Daily Record reports.

The Bhoys went into that semi-final with the League Cup crown already in the bag, and were well on their way to securing the Scottish Premiership title.

They would have been heavy favourites to book their place in the final, and then subsequently win the competition, especially when Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring after 18 minutes, but then the game seemed to change on one decision.

Inverness' Josh Meekings somehow avoided a red card after blocking a shot on the line with his hand, and it was actually Celtic who finished the 90 minutes with 10 men as Craig Gordon was dismissed shortly after the break. 

And incredibly, it was Inverness who went through as they won 3-2 after extra time. And Deila has insisted that had Meekings been dismissed and Celtic been given the chance to go 2-0 up from the spot, history would have been very different.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

“That Inverness semi-final game is still something I think about," he told the Record.

“The fact we did not get that treble in my first season is killing me, still.

“That referee's decision in the semi-final, when the ball is punched off the line and then we get a red card and lose, it still hurts me now.

“That’s my only real regret. I don’t have regrets in football but that one is still hard because the group was so into things at that point. Would I still be there if we’d won that treble? Yes, I think so."

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

In hindsight, most Celtic fans will probably be pleased that that decision went against them if it would have meant that the Norwegian would still be in charge today.

The Hoops were not as dominant as they should have been domestically under Deila, and certainly did not make enough of an impact in Europe. 

However, under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic have moved to another level and have a chance to secure the domestic treble in a much more emphatic fashion this term.

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