Leigh Griffiths has claimed that Ronny Deila should be paid more respect after both David Moyes and Malky Mackay expressed a desire to manage Celtic.

Despite the claims of the two managers – who both currently out of a job – Deila remains Celtic boss and is unlikely to be relieved of his duties as the club are currently top of the Scottish Premiership and on course win a fifth successive league title.

They are also still in the Scottish Cup and will face Championship side Rangers in the semi-final next month at Hampden Park.

As reported by STV News, the 25-year-old revealed his frustration at the situation, while backing his current boss.

It’s frustrating for the players because it’s disrespectful. The gaffer’s got a job here and he’s doing ok. We’re still sitting top of the league so for other managers to say they’re interested in the job when there’s a guy still in charge, it’s poor from them. I think the gaffer will just ignore it but as players, it frustrates us.

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The striker also hailed the impact that Deila has had at the club since his arrival from Norway almost two years ago.

Griffiths’ career at Celtic didn’t get off to the best start under Neil Lennon, but it was Deila that agev him the confdence that has seen him score 35 times this season.

He’s calm around the place.He doesn’t let things affect him. He doesn’t shirk from the fact, if we’re not playing well, he sticks to his guns because he knows it will work. Performances during the season haven’t been great but sometimes that happens and you’ve got to grinds it out.

On Saturday we were a lot, lot better. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come. Even though we’re not playing as well as we should we’re still picking up three points. At the end of the day that’s the most important thing, not the performances or beating teams 5-0 or 6-0. If you can grind out 2-1 victories, that’s what champions are made of.

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Celtic face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday afternoon as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table over second place Aberdeen who sit just a point behind.

Despite the small gap between first and second, the league leaders have a game in hand over their rivals and with just nine games remaining if they win out they will be champions once again.

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