By Coral Barry

Kenny Dalglish believes a victory for Celtic in the Old Firm derby over Rangers would go a long way to keeping Ronny Deila in his job.

Celtic face off against their most bitter rivals in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday and Hoops legend, Dalglish has admitted it is a huge game for his former club.

Deila has come under increasing pressure in recent months for the stuttering form of his side and the club’s failure to tie up the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic are still on course for the title with eight points separating them and second placed Aberdeen, but much has been made this season about Deila’s playing style and his future as manager.

“I think it’s an important match for Ronny but I’m sure he won’t underestimate it,” said Dalglish speaking to the Herald Scotland. “He had his first taste of it last year so he knows what it’s about. He understands Celtic.

“He’s been there for a couple of years. He knows what the club stands for and what this game means.”

Kenny Dalglish

Hoops favourite: Dalglish believes Deila needs Old Firm win

Questions have been raised about whether Deila has improved the Celtic squad since he took over in 2014 with the Scottish giants failing to make the Champions League group stages for two years running under the Norwegian.

Whatever the result on Sunday, the fixture will serve as a nice taster of what is to come next season with Rangers finally back in the Scottish top flight after securing promotion a week ago.

In other Celtic news, Liverpool have made a move for one of the Hoops’ best young stars.