Results have not been going Ronny Deila’s way so far this season. First being knocked out of the Champions League and now stuttering in the league. The former is the biggest blow to Celtic both on and off the pitch and is less forgivable than a shaky start in the SPFL.
Celtic started slow under Deila last season and there were many calls for his head between August and Christmas before the manager turned things around and got Celtic playing better. The peak of last season was drawing 3-3 with Inter Milan in the Europa League – a result which could have easily went Celtic’s way on the night. Celtic went on to win the league comfortably and had it not been for a diabolical decision a treble was within grasp.
I expect the same sort of response this time around from the Celtic manager and his players. We may have sold our best player in Virgil can Dijk but Celtic are still more than capable of surpassing their achievements last season if they get their head in the game.
The Aberdeen result, while not ideal adds a little bit of excitement to the title race and gives it a bit of edge in the coming weeks. Aberdeen have had a fantastic start and should be commended for their 100% record so far this season. They have came out the blocks flying and left Celtic playing catch up for now.
Celtic need to find their feet and with a brand new defence coming in this will take time. Ronny must find his preferred back line and build from there.
Jozo Simunovic did not play any part in Saturday’s game but he has the unenviable task of replacing van Dijk. It remains to be seen if the cash we paid for this lad is money well spent but he will be given every opportunity to be a success and help Celtic kick on to better things this season.
Celtic aren’t out of second gear yet while Aberdeen are already in fifth. The Dons will be slow down in the coming months giving Celtic plenty of time to catch them up.
It’s a big season for Ronny now, he has a lot of critics that would love to see him fall flat on his face. I believe the majority of the Celtic fans are still with him at this point. If we are patient we will get our reward.