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Deila is on the brink as Celtic crash once again

By Steven Beacom

Celtic manager Ronny Deila faced calls for his dismissal after another crushing defeat - this time 2-1 away to nearest title rivals Aberdeen.

Last night's result blew the race for the Scottish Premiership wide open with Aberdeen moving to within just three points of the Hoops and left Deila fighting to save his job.

Jonny Hayes and Simon Church goals put Aberdeen in control at half-time. Leigh Griffiths struck for the visitors in injury-time but it was too little, too late for angry Celtic fans who made their feelings known to Deila at the final whistle.

On Tuesday, the Belfast Telegraph revealed that, on the back of Sunday's 3-1 loss to Ross County in the League Cup semi-finals, the Celtic board were running out of patience with Deila and that Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill was on a list of candidates to replace him in the summer.

Deila could now go before then with frustrated Celtic supporters demanding his dismissal. Former Celtic striker Andy Walker, working as a pundit for Sky Sports, said last night: "If it was up to me, I'd make the change tomorrow morning."

Deila admitted it was 'a bad situation' adding: "I'm disappointed the same as everyone else. We just have to keep calm, working and believing in the things we are doing. My message is that we have to stay together. The players need the fans' support and we'll give everything for them."

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