It wasn’t all bad. Here are five occasions where Ronny Deila and his players gave the Celtic support something to cheer about.
CELTIC 3 INTER 3, EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 32, FIRST LEG, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
A glimpse of what could have been with a spirited Celtic producing some spellbinding football against a European heavyweight as they twice fought back for a result that, admittedly, was never going to provide a launchpad for further progress in the tournament.
CELTIC 3 MALMO 2, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF, AUGUST 19, 2015
Again not the outcome sought (sense a pattern?) but the first half hour of exhilarating attack that Celtic served up - which should have put them four-up and on their way to the Champions League group stages - demonstrated that when everything clicked, the Deila way could work.
CELTIC 4 ABERDEEN 0, PREMIERSHIP, MARCH 1, 2015
Celtic have hardly been big game hunters in the past two years but they proved themselves to be that on this afternoon. Aberdeen were mounting a serious challenge, questions were being asked of Deila’s men and they used that backdrop to send out the message, in resounding fashion, that they were the country’s top team.
DUNDEE UNITED 0 CELTIC 2, LEAGUE CUP FINAL, MARCH 15, 2015
Even if domestic success is meant to be a given for a Celtic boasting a budget many times any competitors, last year’s League Cup win was hardly nothing owing to the fact the club hadn’t won the trophy for six years. One of only two occasions - out of five - Hampden didn’t prove a graveyard for Deila cup hopes.
CELTIC 8 HAMILTON ACCIES 1, PREMIERSHIP, JANUARY 19, 2016
Deila promised a blistering brand of football but only was this evidenced infrequently. Everything clicked as Accies were blown away for the only eight goal haul across his tenure.
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