Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd offers Ronny Deila backing

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Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd has backed coach Ronny Deila to succeed at the club and he has urged everyone connected with the team to get behind the Norwegian.

Deila’s future at Celtic Park has come under intense scrutiny of late following the club’s 3-1 defeat to Ross County in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup and their 2-1 loss to Aberdeen in the league.

The defeat to the Dons means the two teams are now level on points at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings, although the Hoops have a game in hand over their title rivals.

Former defender Boyd, who has recently been named as a new club ambassador, insists that Deila is the right man to take the Glasgow giants forward and he believes recent criticism of the 40-year-old has been unfair.

Boyd said: “I would certainly say he is the man for the job. Celtic are in a good place, sitting top of the league and still in the Scottish Cup. We moan about the fact that we don’t have competition in this league and when we do there seems to be a screaming for the manager’s head.”

Boyd, who enjoyed an 11-year playing career with Celtic, admits that he has never witnessed such intense criticism of a Celtic manager and he has urged supporters to back the former Stromsgodset boss.

He added: “I think there has been an over-reaction and I think it’s time that we get behind the club, the manager and the players. There is a level of criticism from media and Celtic supporters that is unfounded.”

Celtic are next in action when they host Ross County in the league on Saturday and they are available at 1.22 to secure all three points in the match, whilst the visitors are on offer at 11.00 and the draw is priced at 5.50.

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