Let’s start the week of Celtic’s foray into Europe by needlessly heaping pressure on Ronny Deila, shall we?
Preferably in a piece that sets the scene by pointing out some of the good things that Celtic have long done in running a sustainable business operation, and which mentions recent European success under their previous manager.
And then let’s dwell upon Celtic’s poor effort in Champions League qualification last season, and largely pin it on Ronny.
We should try to avoid placing too much emphasis on the players they had lost last summer, and the failure of the board to recruit replacements quickly and effectively.
Oh and we must not say anything about Celtic getting through their Europa League group stage last season and then quite narrowly going out to Inter Milan after an often-pulsating tie.
A tie which gave the rest of Europe a good impression of the Scottish game.
No. Let’s accentuate the negatives about Ronny, and only talk about the positives over which he has no control.
And while we are at it, let’s assert that
“He will not experience such a forgiving attitude this time around if there is a repeat of that failure”
…without giving any consideration to what the Celtic fans (or indeed board) actually think of Ronny and the style, ethos and players he has brought to the club.
In fact we should probably just pile on the pressure in spades by concluding that
“There can be no excuses if Celtic fail to overcome Stjarnan of Iceland, who they play in the first leg of the second qualifying round at Celtic Park on Wednesday, and then progress to the Champions League group stages”.
Is anyone up for writing that kind of piece?
Ah yes. Of course someone is…