Celtic skipper Scott Brown has circled the wagons around manager Ronny Deila to defend the Norwegian from what he sees as ‘harsh’ criticism.
With Celtic out of Europe after finishing bottom of their Europa League group and losing only their second league game of the season at the weekend to Motherwell, Deila’s position as Celtic manager is under reportedly under increasing risk despite being top of the league and with a game in hand over second placed Aberdeen.
But Brown, who is currently out long term through injury, has hit back at Celtic’s critics.
Brown said: “I think it is harsh when you are top of the league and your manager is top of the league. Everyone has their own opinion. We need to kick on and at the end of the season prove them all wrong.
“”We have had one poor result and another one a couple of weeks ago against Kilmarnock but if we go on a run of five, six games I am sure it will all be forgotten about.
“The manager did a good job last season. We were really unlucky not to get the treble, just a little bit of luck here and there would have been nice or a couple of good refereeing decisions. This season we have had a slow start but we need to kick on now.
“Everyone expects us to run away with it (league) but it is never that easy, whether Rangers are in the league or not.
“It is always hard when teams play against us at Celtic Park, they just defend and try to catch you on the counter. But we could go the rest of the season without getting beat again. We haven’t played well enough all season but we know we can kick on and we need to kick on.”
With some fans starting an online petition for Deila to be sacked adding to the increasing calls via social media, Brown has called on Celtic fans to keep the faith with the former Strømsgodset manager.
Brown added: “Stick by us through thick and thin and we will do you proud. We have not properly shown our true colours this season for a run of games but I believe we are going to do that soon. Things are not coming off for us and we are not creating as many chances as we should be.
“We have a lot of possession and sometimes that doesn’t mean a lot, sometimes you need to knuckle down and get the three points. It might not be pretty but three points is three points.”
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