Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists there is much work to do

Celtic manager Ronny Deila (l) and assistant John Collins
Image: Celtic manager Ronny Deila (left) and assistant John Collins

Celtic boss Ronny Deila does not believe the 3-0 victory over Inverness CT on Saturday is a decisive development in the Scottish Premiership campaign.

Leigh Griffiths took his tally to 32 goals for the season with a double after Gary Mackay-Steven had opened the scoring on 54 minutes at Celtic Park.

The visitors had looked comfortable up to the concession of the opening goal, and had created the two best chances in the opening 50 minutes, but Celtic upped the pace as the game wore on and ran out comfortable winners.

After losing some ground to Aberdeen in recent weeks, Celtic now have the opportunity to move nine points clear of their main challengers should they win at Hamilton on Friday night.

But when asked if the victory over Caley Thistle made him feel the title is now firmly in Celtic's control, Deila said: "I don't feel anything.

"There is a long way to go. We are in a good situation but if you start losing games it can be very even again.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates his winning goal for Celtic against Partick
Image: Leigh Griffiths took his tally to 32 for the season with a double

"But if we keep winning games the others have to cope with that and if they do that it is going to be tough all the way.

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"But we can't do anything about that, we have to keep on doing everything we can to win."

Some Celtic fans were frustrated by the lack of cutting edge before the opening goal, but spirits were lifted by the introductions of creative trio Scott Allan, Ryan Christie and Patrick Roberts after the second goal.

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Allan was signed at the start of the season from Hibernian, and following an injury setback has had to settle for game time from the bench so far in his time at Celtic Park.

Christie also joined Celtic in the summer from Saturday's opponents and spent the first part of the campaign with Inverness on loan before he was injured, and he has made brief appearances in recent weeks following his return to fitness.

Roberts arrived at Celtic in January and until Saturday had only played in the development team, where he had earned rave reviews.

Ryan Christie is looking for a chance to impress at Celtic
Image: Ryan Christie is looking for a chance to impress at Celtic

Christie though is pragmatic on his current position at Celtic, but is determined to take any chances that come his way.

"Me, Scott and Patrick are all similar players who show a bit of flair and get forward with the ball," Christie said.

"We are all desperate to get on the park and show what we can do. We are all trying to prove a point to get into the starting XI.

"I am just back from injury so I'm just finding my feet but it is a great team to be part of and I can definitely see there being a big future with the young talent we have got.

"Everybody knows in the dressing room that there is a fair competition between players and that is just part of football. That is a challenge everyone has to accept."

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