Ronny Deila

Read all the news about Ronny Deila. Ronny Deila was born in Porsgrunn on 21 September 1975 (age 43).

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Deila was surprisingly appointed manager of Scottish Premiership club Celtic on 6 June 2014. He signed a 12-month rolling contract with the club, describing his appointment as a “magnificent honour” before stating his desire to deliver “attacking, exciting and entertaining football.” Eleven days later, former Celtic and Scotland midfielder John Collins was appointed assistant manager. Deila described Collins as a “first-class coach” and stated that he “has ideas on football which are very similar to mine so I am sure he will be a great addition to my team.”

After going unbeaten on a pre-season tour in Austria, Deila’s first competitive match as manager of Celtic, a Champions League qualifying tie away against KR Reykjavik on 15 July 2014, ended in a 1–0 win for the Scottish club. The second leg of the tie ended in a 4–0 win for Celtic, securing a 5–0 aggregate win. The following qualifying round saw Celtic lose 6–1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw. Despite this, Celtic were given a reprieve when it was discovered that Legia had fielded an ineligible player in the second leg. UEFA punished the Polish club by awarding the game 3–0 to Celtic, levelling the aggregate score at 4–4 and seeing the Scottish champions progress on away goals. Celtic went on to face Maribor in the next qualifying round. After a credible 1–1 draw away in the first leg, Celtic lost 1–0 in the return match at Celtic Park and went out on aggregate; dropping down to the Europa League.

On 13 August, Ronny Deila won his opening Scottish Premiership game, beating St Johnstone 3–0, although the performance was less than convincing. Deila’s second league match, and his first game at Parkhead, saw Celtic defeat Dundee United 6–1 in a performance that BBC Sport described as being “full of drive, skill, belief and… goals.” Generally though, Celtic were unconvincing in the early stages of the league, but improved as the season progressed and also qualified from their Europa League group. These improved performances saw Deila win the Manager of the Month award for November 2014. By February 2015, Celtic had won 15 of their last 17 domestic games and comfortably defeated Rangers 2–0 in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup. Celtic played Inter Milan in the last 32 stage of the Europa League, rallying to draw 3–3 at Parkhead from an early 0-2 deficit in a pulsating encounter, then losing 1–0 in Milan to go out on aggregate despite a highly credible performance. In the league, Celtic thrashed second placed Aberdeen 4–0 on 1 March to go six points clear with a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference. It was Celtic’s eighth consecutive win in the league, and the turn around in form saw previous critics of Deila review their opinion of him. Former Celtic striker John Hartson had branded Deila as “clueless” in October, but stated four months later that Deila had “turned it round”, praising his Celtic side for playing “brilliant football.”

Deila won his first trophy at Celtic on 15 March; Celtic defeating Dundee United 2–0 in the League Cup Final. Kris Commons and James Forrest were Celtic’s goalscorers, whilst Stefan Johansen won the Man of the Match award.

Deila’s Celtic team won the Scottish Premiership on 2 May 2015, with three games to spare, following their rivals Aberdeen’s loss to Dundee United. Celtic finished the season in style, as Ronny’s Celtic side beat Inverness 5-0 on 24 May 2015.

In August 2015, Celtic failed to progress from the UEFA Champions League playoffs, having failed to overcome Malmo, and were consigned to playing in the Europa League that season. In November, Celtic exited the Europa league, having finished bottom of their group. On 17 April 2016 Celtic played their old rivals, Rangers, in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hamden. The match went to extra time before Celtic lost the match on penalties. Three days after the defeat and following intense speculation, Deila announced that he would step down at the end of the season. Celtic clinched the Scottish Premiership title following a win over nearest challengers Aberdeen on Sunday 8 May.

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67HailHail · Aug 20

Norwegian boss slams Celtic – says they “sunk” to a low level

Celtic vs Legia Warsaw remains, to this day, one of the most controversial matches we’ve played in a long time.

67HailHail · Aug 20
Celts Are Here · Aug 19

Chris Sutton Brands Celtic Fan an ‘Idiot’

Chris Sutton has made it as a pundit by speaking his mind all the time but has he lost his objectivity when it comes to the Celtic manager.

Celts Are Here · Aug 19
Read Celtic · Aug 15

The Ronny Deila Affect: Reflecting back on how his signing’s shaped the Treble Treble squad

Ronny Deila is somewhat of a cult hero amongst some of the Celtic fans, to others a stop gap until Rangers arrived back in the top flight...

Read Celtic · Aug 15
VideoCelts · Aug 10

‘Unbelievable’ ‘Absolutely outstanding’ Celtic fans in awe of Ajer

The Norwegian didn’t quite come through the ranks of the hoops Academy but with each passing week Ronny Deila’s final signing is becoming a more important part of the Celtic side...

VideoCelts · Aug 10
Into Football · Aug 9

Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind: Here’s to you Ronny Deila!

Undoubtedly, Ryan Christie deserved his ‘Man of the Match’ award on Saturday with 3 fantastic strikes from outside the box (random question: who, if ever, was the last person to score a hat trick for Celtic from outside the box, answers on a postcard) and a lovely...

Into Football · Aug 9

Twitter Reacts: Kieran Tierney to Arsenal

As most fans are aware of at this point, Scottish international and former Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has joined Arsenal after the Premier League side reached Celtic’s asking price of £25 million...

Dan Petrescu Drops Celtic Bombshell

CLUJ boss and former Chelsea man Dan Petrescu claims he turned down the Celtic job before Ronny Deila got the gig back in 2014.

VideoCelts · Aug 3

The incredible stats behind Celtic’s 7-0 hammering of St Johnstone

The 7-0 scoreline matched the result in May 2016 when Ronny Deila signed off with the same result against Motherwell...

VideoCelts · Aug 3
Celts Are Here · Jul 26

Mikael Lustig Sets Record Straight Over ‘Celtic Fan’ Brendan Rodgers

MIKAEL LUSTIG has been talking about his time at Celtic and who was the best manager for him during his eight year stint at Celtic Park.

Celts Are Here · Jul 26
The Celtic Star · Jul 23

‘The two clubs have met before and Progres won overall,’ Midtjylland manager as Sviatchenko says ‘I am extremely pleased’

FORMER Celtic Star Erik Sviatchenko looks like he’ll be going to Ibrox On Europa League qualifying duty as we reported yesterday – see HERE...

The Celtic Star · Jul 23
67HailHail · Jul 22

Kilmarnock manager’s disgraceful media treatment similar to Ronny Deila

Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio is getting the Ronny Deila treatment at Celtic from the media.

67HailHail · Jul 22

Celtic’s Euro Revenge Chance

CELTIC could be offered the chance for revenge when the draw for the Champions League third qualifying round is made in Nyon tomorrow morning.

Tribal Football · Jul 17

​Ex-Celtic boss Deila claims Arsenal target Tierney better than Van Dijk

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes that Kieran Tierney is better than Virgil Van Dijk.It is not the first time that Celtic defender is being linked with a Premier League move.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Jul 17
Daily Express · Jul 16

Arsenal backed to sign Kieran Tierney as ex-Celtic boss makes Liverpool comparison

FORMER Celtic boss Ronny Deila has claimed Kieran Tierney is better than Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and has insisted the Gunners would be signing a ‘really good’ player if they can reach an agreement for his services...

Daily Express · Jul 16
67HailHail · Jul 16

The conversion that has proved so rewarding for Celtic

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has opened up on the big decision he made to convert Kieran Tierney from a winger to a full-back.

67HailHail · Jul 16
Evening Times · Jul 16

Scottish transfer news LIVE: Tierney was better than Van Dijk at Celtic says Ronny Deila | Leeds scout Ryan Kent

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has asked the club’s board to increase their bid for Kieran Tierney and Leeds United boss Marco Bielsa has ‘personally scouted ‘ Rangers target Ryan Kent...

Evening Times · Jul 16
HITC · Jul 16

Former manager claims reported Arsenal target ‘even better’ than £75m Liverpool ace

Reported Arsenal target and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has a better mentality than Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, suggests Ronny Deila...

HITC · Jul 16
67HailHail · Jul 16

Celtic hero given the ultimate compliment

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has paid Kieran Tierney the ultimate compliment.

67HailHail · Jul 16
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