Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson has blasted the scramble to win the Celtic job whilst Ronny Deila is still in charge and in contention to win a league and cup double.

David Moyes, Malky Mackay and Neil Lennon have all been linked with the job in recent days, although the latter is thought to be more interested a job in England.

Michael O’Neill was also linked with the job but he signed a new four-year contract yesterday with Northern Ireland and it would cost Celtic £750,000 in compensation to get him.

Jackson believes the queue for an already occupied job is disrespectful, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

He said:

I think everyone is being totally disrespectful to Ronny Deila. He’s in a job, he’s top of the league and they could still win the cup. Yes, he’s had a couple of bad results. Ronny will admit that himself but you can’t do anymore in the league.

A team is closer to Celtic than people imagined but should Aberdeen not get credit for that? Do we not praise Hearts? There are going to be games you lose or draw that you should win.

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I have a lot of respect for Ronny. The European results were disappointing and put him under a bit of pressure but I wouldn’t like to say he should be out of a job when he’s top of the league and in a semi-final.

If he wins the double, can you turn around and say it isn’t good enough? If you offered Ronny the double at the start of the season he would be a little disappointed because it wasn’t the Treble but he would still be happy with that.

The Norwegian is still on course to win a second consecutive double but some fans will look to the poor European campaign and a string of poor performances.

Celtic are still top of the table by one point and have a game in hand over their nearest challengers Aberdeen who will look to push Deila’s side all the way.

Deila’s side are in action again on Saturday afternoon against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and could momentarily open up a four-point gap again to the Dons.