By Coral Barry
Celtic fans pulled no punches when they brandished two huge banners involving eight rows of fans during the disappointing 1-1 draw with Ross County on Sunday.
It was announced this week that Ronny Deila would be stepping down as Celtic manager at the end of the season, but Hoops supporters are still eager to express their dismay at the frustrating season.
Deila has been dismissed despite the club being on the verge of a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title, but the Celtic faithful have let it be known they are not happy with the players or the board.
Accusations of an unfit and disinterested squad have been hurled at the players for much of the season and the Celtic side did themselves no favours by following up a heartbreaking Scottish Cup semi-final final defeat to arch rivals Rangers last weekend with an uninspiring performance against Ross County.
Cameras turned to the frustration in the stands at Celtic Park and captured two massive banners that needed the co-operation of at least four rows of fans to get the messages across.
The first one read: “From boardroom to dressing room you’ve embarrassed yourselves. The Celtic jersey has shrunk to fit inferior players.”
The second banner was again just as scathing placing the blame firmly at Peter Lawwell’s feet and said: “Lawwell and Desmond’s legacy: empty jerseys, empty hearts, empty dreams, empty seats.”
Chief executive Lawwell is the man who championed the arrival of Deila two years ago but it has backfired with the Norwegian struggling to maintain the club’s admirable Champions League group stage record and continually overseeing questionable performances.
Deila’s failure to steer Celtic out of the qualification rounds of the competition for two consecutive seasons has not gone down well with the supporters and his choice of players has been equally unpopular.
The latest result still leaves Celtic nine points clear of Aberdeen in the table with a game in hand, but Hoops fans will be desperate for the season to end.
In other Celtic news, Deila has explained why he has been such a disappointment in Scotland.