Ronny Deila is targeting his first piece


Celtic manager Ronny Deila is targeting his first piece of silverware since taking over at Parkhead as he prepares his side for Sunday’s Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United.Victory at Hampden Park would see the Hoops on their way to the first part of a domestic treble, with Deila admitting he hates to lose.

Speaking at the national stadium, which had a new pitch laid this week, the Norwegian recalled the pain he felt after losing the Norwegian Cup final as a player in 2002, which leaves him determined to deliver success for Celtic fans this weekend.

“It is a huge game. It was one of our targets before the season and we can achieve it. We are hopefully 90 minutes from a trophy,” said Deila.

“My demands are high. I really hate losing. I have lost one cup final in my life and that is maybe the worst thing I have done.

“So we will do everything we can to put in a good performance and if Dundee United beat us, then it is easy to accept. If we play badly and lose, that is the worst thing.

“But I know if we play really well we have the quality to win the game and that is a target.

“I feel calm. There have been so many big games and in this one you can reach one of your goals.”

United, managed by former Celtic player Jackie McNamara, will be without striker Nadir Ciftci who is suspended for the final after he was booked twice earlier in the tournament.

Former United players midfielders Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, signed by Celtic in the January transfer window, also miss out as they are cup-tied having already played for McNamara’s side in the cup.