Celtic on the brink of Champions League exit under new boss Ronny Deilaby Jack Kitson / 31 July 2014, 10:01Tweet
Celtic are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the third qualifying round after suffering a devastating 4-1 defeat away to Polish champions Legia Warsaw. Qualifying through to the main draw is of the upmost important for the Hoops, who are now likely to have to settle for a Europa League play-off place, unless they can conjure up a miracle comeback in the second-leg.
As a result new boss Ronny Deila is coming under fire, just three competitive matches into his 12-month rolling contract at Parkhead. It may have been his first loss in charge but it was a costly one for the 38-year-old, whose pedigree has been continually questioned since his appointment in June.
The decision to name Deila in the dugout came as a huge surprise, particularly as his only managerial experience is in homeland at Norwegian sides Brodd and Stromsgodset. Deila undoubtedly has huge boots to fill, following the success of former boss Neil Lennon, and his character and temperment will be tested after Wednesday’s catastrophe in Warsaw.
Celtic head into Wednesday's second leg at Murrayfield needing to win at least 3-0, however if Legia score in Glasgow then the tie is virtually over. Meanwhile the Bhoys kick-off the new SPL season on Wednesday 13th August away to St Johnstone, after their match against Partick, scheduled for the 8th, was postponed.