Ronny Deila: This is the worrying 'challenge' facing Celtic in Scottish football

Celtic manager Ronny Deila isn't a fan of pitches in Scottish football.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila spoke at a press conference today, and as reported by the Celtic official Twitter account, he was far from happy with the state of pitches in Scotland.

The Bhoys currently sit seven points clear at the top of Scottish Championship, and even have a game in hand on second placed Aberdeen.

Deila is now on course to win a historic treble in his first season as Celtic boss, having already wrapped up the Scottish League Cup, and Celtic are favourites to win the Scottish Cup too.

Celtic face Partick Thistle in a crucial league game on Wednesday night, and Norwegian Deila spoke to the press this afternoon ahead of that game.

Celtic may be flourishing under Deila, but the manager isn't happy with the state of pitches in Scotland after Friday's 2-0 win over St. Mirren, where the turf was more bobbly than the Bhoys would have wanted.

Deila told the media today that pitches are a big problem for Celtic and for Scottish football, and suggested that teams in Scotland are lagging well behind teams in England and the rest of Europe in terms of pitch maintenance.

Deila did in fact point out one of the biggest problems here: money. Celtic have a huge budget in comparison to the rest of the Scottish Premiership, and nobody can even compete with the funds at Celtic's disposal.

Celtic Park has a great pitch, but maintenance costs money - and other teams in the league can't afford the same level of care as Celtic can.

With no real solution in sight, it seems that Deila will just have to devise a plan to deal with such pitches when Celtic have to play away from home on them - even if it is a worrying trend that could hamper the development of Scottish football as a whole.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch