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WE ARE GIVING OUR RIVALS THE RON AROUND; Deila's focus on fitness pays off as his lean machine Celtic stars race towards a Treble Deila's focus on fitness pays off as his lean.

Byline: GARY RALSTON g.ralston@dailyrecord.co.uk

CELTIC boss Ronny Deila has revealed he is already gearing up for a Champions League run - and a run, and a run, and a run.

boss Ronny Deila has revealed he is already gearing up for a Champions League run - and a run, and a run, and a run.

The Norwegian is in a rush to take Celtic to the highest level and has the stats to prove his players are also picking up the pace in their bid to reach the top.

The Norwegian is in a rush to take Celtic to the highest level and has the stats to prove his players are also picking up the pace in their bid to reach the top.

The Hoops will not compete with Europe's elite on their fitness levels alone but Deila insists it will be the foundation of any success they may one day enjoy.

will not compete with Europe's elite on their fitness levels alone but Deila insists it will be the foundation of any success they may one day enjoy.

He points to six wins in the SPFL after their last six European games this season as proof positive his side are on message and heading in the right direction - and quickly.

He has also hailed the athletic endeavours of new players, such as Gary Mackay-Steven, who are keen to make an impact and warned others he has the stats at hand to prove why they are not worth a place in his starting line-up.

He has also hailed the athletic endeavours of new players, such as Gary Mackay-Steven, who are keen to make an impact and warned others he has the stats at hand to prove why they are not worth a place in his starting line-up.

Deila questioned the fitness level of his whole squad in his first few weeks in the job but now they're lean machines who look primed to over-run all domestic resistance.

Deila questioned the fitness level of his whole squad in his first few weeks in the job but now they're lean machines who look primed to over-run all domestic resistance.

Celtic. threaten to head over the Celtic threaten to head over the horizon in the league this evening as a win at home to St Johnstone in their game in hand over Aberdeen will take them nine points clear with just 11 matches left to play.

horizon in the league this evening as a win at home to St Johnstone in their game in hand over Aberdeen will take them nine points clear with just 11 matches left to play.

And Deila said: "The most important thing is the players and everyone around them sees that what we are doing is effective.

And Deila said: "The most important thing is the players and everyone around them sees that what we are doing is effective.

"We have had six victories after European games this season and "We have had six victories after European games this season and that's really good.

"You don't see that around the other European leagues. Inter Milan lost at the weekend and they are struggling a lot after Europe, so we did well to win in that way.

"You don't see that around the other European leagues. Inter Milan lost at the weekend and they are struggling a lot after Europe, so we did well to win in that way.

"We have increased the high intensity running by 30 to 40 per cent since summer, which is a lot.

"We have increased the high intensity running by 30 to 40 per cent since summer, which is a lot.

"We want to be direct, create, penetrate, be a high pressing team, so you have to run and you have to run quickly and you see that in the stats and in how we perform.

"We want to be direct, create, penetrate, be a high pressing team, so you have to run and you have to run quickly and you see that in the stats and in how we perform.

"Rodrigo Palacio, the Inter striker, ran for 1250 metres against us at "Rodrigo Palacio, the Inter striker, ran for 1250 metres against us at Celtic Park at high intensity. That's an incredible number. But on Sunday, Gary Mackay-Steven ran 1300m against Aberdeen.

"We now compare to the better Champions League teams in terms of our figures and we have to find benchmarks. Where are we good? where can we be better? That way we can be as prepared as possible if we get to the Champions League.

"I was inspired last Wednesday in Milan when I watched Bayer Leverkusen against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on TV.

"The intensity of Leverkusen was unbelievable, so I try to take something of the sprinting they showed and put it into my team.

"Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt used to be at Red Bull Salzburg and they also play with huge intensity. It's not true the best teams are the fittest teams but it's the easiest part of the game to do something about.

"In my experience, teams that say: 'We are going to train twice as much as before and be really fit' are almost always relegated because you lose focus on the important things.

"For me, it's what you do in training. We don't train more than before but hopefully we train better and we give more in that hour-and-a-half every day.

"You must always add things to your game. If someone asks which manager I want to be like. I want to be me but I can add something from him, him and him to make the best of the person I am.

"It's the same for the team. We have a style of play but can get things from other teams to find the benchmarks but you must know the references of what it means to be fit.

"It's easy to say that to the other players. If a player asks me why he is not playing, I can show him the numbers. If he is running 600m and a guy in the team is running 1200m, what does he think of that? "I only wish I learned this earlier in my career as a player. I was always strong but I was too heavy. My body was 92 kilos but I got down to 85.7 kilos and suddenly I was sharper and quicker around the pitch. I ate too many carbohydrates before."

Celtic. are homing in on a Treble, " with the next 10 days crucial to their ambitions as they face Saints before taking on Dundee United in the last eight of the Scottish Cup and the League Cup Final.

Celtic. took a huge step towards the title with their 4-0 win over the Dons at the weekend but Delia revealed there were no victory roars in the dressing room afterwards.

He added: "There is still so much to fight for. We are working here on the culture to be 100 per cent focused every day.

"There wasn't even a hint of a celebration among the players after the Aberdeen game - the manager was celebrating more than them.

"They were very tired. The amount of metres and sprints they did was unbelievable given they played three days before.

"I am really looking forward to the St Johnstone game now and expect a good performance."

TEAM NEWS CELTIC star Kris Commons is out of tonight's clash with a thigh injury.

Striker John Guidetti has a knee knock and will be assessed by Hoops medics before kickoff. St Johnstone's Frazer Wright is out after suffering concussion in Saturday's draw with Kilmarnock.

Saints midfielder Simon Lappin remains out with knee ligament damage.

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