Celtic’s disappointing run of form has seen manager Ronny Deila’s

Celtic’s disappointing run of form has seen manager Ronny Deila’s job come under pressure of late.

There have been intense calls for the Scottish club to dismiss the manager in the hope of improved results. Deila has done a decent job after coming as the replacement for Neil Lennon in July 2014. However, his record looks good only when domestic titles are concerned. Celtic have been majorly disappointing in European competitions and this has often been the yardstick on which they have been measured as a club in recent times. This is due to the decline of Scottish football in general.

The absence of Rangers has also contributed to a lack of competition in the Scottish Premier League. However, Celtics poor form has invariably resulted in teams like Aberdeen taking advantage. They have closed a significant gap over the last few weeks. Even though they have played a game more than Celtic, Aberdeen are only one point below the giants in the table. Midfielder Scott Brown, though, has given his vote of confidence to the manager by saying that the entire squad is behind Deila in this difficult period. One of the reasons for Celtic’s struggles have been the absence of key players like Brown, who is struggling with a knee injury.

Brown has not featured for the club since the end of November.“It’s very harsh. We are top of the league, we are a point clear of Aberdeen who are having a good season. We are still in both domestic cups. Yeah, we were disappointed with Europe but there is nothing we can do about that now. We just have to concentrate on the three tournaments that we are in.We know we aren’t playing the best right now but you go through patches like this and the support of the fans is vital,” said Brown.