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Ronny Deila ready for tough semi-final against Inverness CT

Ronny Deila is readying himself for a difficult tie against Inverness CT after Saturday afternoon's game.

Ronny Deila is prepared for a tough game at Hampden Park when Inverness Caledonian Thistle will challenge them for a place in the final, he has told the Daily Record.

Celtic failed to win the game at the Caledonian Stadium despite taking an early 1-0 lead through Leigh Griffiths, with Edward Ofere equalising a minute later. Celtic toiled in their attempts over the 84 minutes and came away with just a point.

If the Bhoys are to get their sought-after treble then a win on Sunday against Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-final is a must, but the fixture will be considered a much more difficult prospect after Sunday’s game showed why Inverness are third in the Scottish Premier League.

Speaking to the press after the game, Deila was acutely aware of the task at hand whilst being critical of Celtic’s tempo and chance creation which was well below their usual standard.

“That’s going to be a tough game. Inverness are the third team in the league. Few teams have done it before, winning the treble, and you can see why it’s difficult,” he said in the Daily Record.

“This shows the game next Sunday is going to be even. You need to be up for every game and be ready but this was a disappointing performance.

“We had a lack of energy and were a second too late in our challenges. We didn’t get the tempo we wanted on the ball.”

A repeat of Sunday’s performance could see Celtic exit the Scottish Cup before the final stage, only giving them the league to focus on as the season comes to a close.

Inverness will be buoyed by their performance and go into the game knowing they can compete, but the good quality of the Hampden Park turf could be an advantage for the Glasgow team who struggled with the bumpy surface at times on Saturday, making it difficult for them to employ their usual passing game.

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