Tuesday 16 January 2018

Deila: 'We're laughing all the way to the treble'

Ronny Deila claims his Celtic squad are laughing their way to a potential treble.

The Scottish League Cup holders are eight points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership and, with six games remaining, on course for their fourth successive title.

The next step towards a clean sweep in the Norwegian's first season as Hoops boss is tomorrow's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness at Hampden Park and Deila insists the feel-good factor at the club is increasing by the week.

"I think there has been a very good atmosphere here for a long, long time and it is getting better and better," he said.

"People loosen up more when we know each other better and we are having a lot of fun here. One of the most important things needed to create and get better is to laugh a lot and enjoy life and I think that is something the players are doing. The togetherness is very good.

"But we know the moments to be very dedicated and to be focused when we train."

Deila, who will be without suspended striker Anthony Stokes and cup-tied midfield duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, only has to look back to last Saturday to remind himself of the potential problems Premiership rivals Inverness could cause tomorrow. He said: "Inverness are a good team. They are well organised and they have a good spirit."

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