By Alex Stevens
Murdo MacLeod is convinced Ronny Deila will be sacked if Celtic lose to Rangers in Sunday’s Old Firm clash.
The Norwegian manager is on the verge of leading the Scottish champions to a fifth consecutive title and they will be hot favourites to land the double if they overcome their bitter rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
With Celtic regarded as the favourites to be triumphant at Hampden Park, Celtic legend MacLeod believes there is no way back for Deila if they lose.
“If he doesn’t win then I think he’s under pressure,” MacLeod told the Scottish Sun. “Would you sack a man that wins a league and cup double?
“For me that’s very difficult — but if he loses this game I think it would be the final straw. The title is just not enough this year.
“If it was someone else there would still be a bit of pressure. But I don’t think there’s any way that if Rangers win, he’s surviving until the end of the season.”
It has been claimed in some quarters that the decision to axe Deila at the end of the season has already been made regardless of what happens at the weekend.
MacLeod – whose 1979 strike was voted the greatest Old Firm goal by Celtic fans – said: “Even winning the Double, it could be difficult for him.
“The board have got to look at it and see how far they think he’s taken the side. Has he taken them forward? Has he made them better?
“If they don’t think that though then it’s time for a change.”
In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic are eight points clear with five matches left as they target a fifth straight title.
In other Celtic news, former Parkhead midfielder Craig Burley has given a withering assessment of the significance of the Old Firm fixture.