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Thursday 8 December 2016

Deila: you've got to handle the pressure

Celtic 5-0 Dundee Utd

New signing Carlton Cole is introduced to the crowd before the game
New signing Carlton Cole is introduced to the crowd before the game

Ronny Deila spoke of the enormous pressure at Celtic following their 5-0 thumping of Dundee United at Parkhead.

The Norwegian boss and his players were heavily criticised from all quarters after their 3-1 defeat to Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night left them bottom of Group A but returned to domestic duties with a bang.

A double from Kris Commons, one from the spot, and counters from Leigh Griffiths and Dedryck Boyata before a late deflected strike from skipper Scott Brown took the Hoops four points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Dons, who were five points ahead at one stage last month, have not won in four league matches and travel to Parkhead next week.

Asked if his players do not get enough credit for the good things they do, just picked on when things do not go well, Deila said: "It's hard at Celtic.

"When you are a successful club, winning trophies -we have done it (won the title) four times and hopefully (will) do it a fifth time this year -- and winning cups then everybody wants you down except the Celtic fans and you get everything thrown at you.

"When you have done a lot of good things the demands get very, very high and that is how it is at clubs like this. Some weeks ago we had a lot of critics because we were five points behind and now we've suddenly turned it around in a month.

"That is something we should be proud of. And if you look around you, now it is Aberdeen having troubles but it's not the same pressure as it is at Celtic.

"But that's how it is here and everybody has to cope with it.

"I'm very happy and pleased with the performance today. You need character to do what we did and they really showed it."

Commons, who issued a public apology for throwing a tantrum after being substituted in Norway, this time gave Deila a hug after being replaced by Tomas Rogic, which the Norwegian responded to in a light-hearted way.

"I like hugs so that's a positive," he said.

"He was good together with the team today. He scored one really good goal and he's brilliant at penalties so I'm happy for him and for the whole team.

"I think everybody understands that there's more big games coming this week and we have to save players when we can."

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