Celtic boss Deila remains calm after victory

Celtic's Scott Brown (left) and Aberdeen's Kenny McLean
Celtic's Scott Brown (left) and Aberdeen's Kenny McLean

Ronny Deila will keep Scottish Premiership title celebrations on hold despite his Celtic side despatching nearest challengers Aberdeen 4-0 at Parkhead to go six points clear of the Dons with a game in hand.

Against the run of play defender Jason Denayer headed the home side into the lead from a corner in the 37th minute before the visitors fell apart after the break.

Striker Leigh Griffiths made it 2-0 with a penalty in the 63rd minute and midfielders Gary Mackay-Steven and Stefan Johansen added further goals for Celtic’s third win of the season over the second-placed Pittodrie men.

Celtic, who have won all 10 domestic matches this year, can stretch their lead at the top of the table further against St Johnstone on Wednesday night.

However, former Stromsgodset boss Deila refused to write off Derek McInnes’s side, who lost their first league game in 14, as challengers.

“I don’t take anything for granted,” he said. “I have been in football for many years.

“At my former club we were three times leading in the summer by seven points and it took three years to win the league.

“So I know how quick it can turn around if you start to lose focus on the right things.

“If we do everything we have done so far the rest of the season it is going to be very hard for them.

“We have the possibility to get nine (points ahead) and there is goal difference as well, that is getting better.

“So we really have a good position in the league.”