By Coral Barry

Ronny Deila has hinted unity at Celtic between the players and the Hoops supporters has become a challenge in recent months.

Celtic are on the verge of a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title, but fans have been voicing their anger in recent weeks and used last week’s home game against Ross County to protest against the players and the owners.

Massive banners outlined the supporters’ grievances with the club and came after it was announced Deila would be stepping down as manager at the end of the season.

Speaking after the 3-1 win against Hearts, Deila called for the club and the supporters to pull together as the Hoops march towards yet another league trophy.

“The biggest challenge this club has is unity, as when you are winning and winning, everyone wants us down and to split us,” said Deila, as quoted by Celtic’s Twitter account.

“If you stay together – supporters, players and the rest of the club – then we are so hard to beat, and we saw that today.

“The supporters were really behind us, the players fought for one another and Celtic were the best team.

The result against Hearts means Aberdeen must beat Motherwell in order to stop Celtic’s crowning, but with nine points currently separating first and second, it is likely to be just a temporary setback for the Hoops.

In other Celtic news, Deila has nominated his successor.