Ronny Deila has explained that his relationship with Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is the same as it was before and he has spoken about pre-season with the Bhoys supremo.

The Norwegian has come in for criticism from some corners, owing to Celtic’s inconsistent season and often lacklustre performances.

The Hoops, whose lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table was reduced to just one point due to two consecutive draws in recent weeks, were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by Ross County in January.

However, Celtic are still in the race for a domestic double, with the Bhoys set to face Rangers in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on 17th April.

And Deila, who insisted that his relationship with Lawwell has not been affected by the criticism, stated that he still keeps in regular touch with the chief executive in a bid to take the club forward, always staying a step ahead.


“We do that [keep in touch] all the time”, he said in his pre-match press conference yesterday.

“We go through pre-season, we go through everything, we need to be a step ahead all the time.

“It’s the same now like it has been before.”

Celtic are next up against Kilmarnock in an away Scottish Premiership game on Saturday and will want to avoid a slip-up at a crucial stage of the campaign.