Ronny Deila has joked that those who have been speaking in the media want the Celtic job and his lady.

The Norwegian was in good spirits ahead of Celtic’s trip to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock on Saturday and was relaxed about his future at the club.

Deila joked with a reporter after he compared the current speculation at Celtic to that of another man stealing an attractive woman from him.

As quoted in the Scotsman, he said:

They want to take my job and my lady? Listen, I know what you mean. The only thing you can do is make the lady happy so she wants to stay with you. You can’t do anything about others wanting her.

It’s the same with the Celtic job. It’s about getting results, getting the best out of your players and carrying on. Everyone knows what I have to do to make Celtic happy this season – win the league and hopefully also the Scottish Cup.

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Celtic are currently one point clear at the top of the table as Aberdeen look to push them all the way as they pursue five league titles in a row.

Deila’s side have taken just two points from two games against Killie this season, and Saturday afternoon’s game will be no easier as they fight for their survival in the top flight of Scottish football.

Despite the spotlight being on the Norwegian, he isn’t stepping away from the limelight and isn’t worried about the media reports in recent days.

There is media everywhere who have to fill pages or have talk from different people. That’s what football should be, it can’t always be everyone saying the same things from the same A4 sheet of paper all the time. There has to be a little bit of a circus here – it’s okay.

You learn from experience in this job, that’s for sure, but I have always had a belief in myself. It is about being balanced as a person. If I crack up about something, it is because something else is wrong in my life, not because of these things. I have other things to worry about.

Celtic will look to move four points clear at least momentarily with a win against Killie, as Aberdeen play later on Saturday.