Ronny Deila thrives on Celtic pressure
Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is thriving on the pressure of trying to lead his side to their first treble since 2001.
Celtic Park: Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is thriving on the pressure of trying to lead his side to their first treble since 2001.
The Hoops manager saw his side extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to five points with a game in hand after a comfortable 3-0 win over Dundee United at Celtic Park on Saturday.
The Glasgow giants claimed the first part of a potential clean sweep of trophies when they picked up the League Cup last Sunday with victory over United before booking their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with victory over the same side on Wednesday.
United manager Jackie McNamara had suggested Deila was feeling the pressure of becoming only the third Celtic manager to win a treble, but the Norwegian insisted it was having a positive effect on him.
"I feel pressure all the time; that`s how it is in this job," Deila said.
"I enjoy the pressure. If not I wouldn`t have come here.
"I think it`s a positive pressure and it could be much worse. If we can make it then it will be a big, big achievement.
"We have energy and belief and we are looking forward to the next games now. We are in a good place."After seeing his side play 17 matches since the turn of the year, Delia says it is important for some of his players to get a rest during the international break.
"We have played so many matches since January," the Celtic manager said.
"We have been training hard and been really focussed and now some of the boys can get some rest, which is good.
"Some have to go away with the national team, but I think it`s good for everyone to get some days away from each other and also get ready for a very exciting end to the season.
"Then it is about very good training and keep improving everything we do so hopefully we can be historic and win the treble.
"There are many games still to play, but we are in a very good position and everything is in our hands.
"I would be very surprised if we had a big dip in the way we play and train now so I am very confident we are in a good position now."
In the final instalment of four consecutive clashes between Celtic and Dundee United in 14 days, Gary Mackay-Steven came back to haunt his former club as his strike gave the Hoops a 16th minute lead.
Swedish striker John Guidetti lashed home a second in the 33rd minute before Jason Denayer made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time with a back-heeled effort from close range.
Deila was happy with the contribution of both Stuart Armstrong and Mackay-Steven, who were facing former club United for the first time since their January transfer deadline day move.
"I think it was a special game for them," the Celtic manager added. "It was good that we played it so that next time hopefully it`s not so special and they concentrate more on playing.
"I think both of them had a good performance and we controlled the game very well."