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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VideoCelts · Apr 14

English Championship boss in speculative Celtic link

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VideoCelts · Apr 14

Boyata in Bundesliga Link

DEDRYCK BOYATA will quit Celtic in June after agreeing terms with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to reports in Germany.

Ajer’s Iconic Beautiful Sunday Moment, Broony works his socks off

THE two stand-out Celtic stars yesterday were skipper Scott Brown, Who brilliantly got under their skins, and a Norwegian superstar in the making Kris Ajer.

Celts Are Here · Mar 30

Parkhead Exit All But Confirmed For Deila Signing

NEIL LENNON told Celtic fans yesterday that there are currently THREE Celtic players in contract negotiations with the club over their future.

Celts Are Here · Mar 30
90 Minute Cynic · Mar 28

Celtic What If… | Lennon or Deila, No Caley Disaster & An Offer From England

In a new feature, Cynic writers are asked what they would do in some – often far fetched – hypothetical Celtic scenarios, set both in the present and the past.

90 Minute Cynic · Mar 28
Into Football · Mar 27

Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – Lennon, Deila, Rodgers, Lennon… Who’s Next?

As of writing this (26 March 2019) it has been exactly one month since the lure of the silver dragged a man from his “dream job” to mid-table mediocrity in the so-called ‘Greatest League in the World’...

Into Football · Mar 27

Callum McGregor, football stats and professional arrogance

Callum McGregor burst onto the scene on his Celtic debut with the only goal in a Champions League qualifier in Iceland.

Calmac Salutes ‘Resilient’ Celts

CALLUM McGREGOR kicked off his first game under his third Celtic manager in the champion’s hard-fought and dramatic 1-0 triumph over Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday...

Calmac’s Hoops Hat-Trick

CALLUM McGREGOR could complete a hat-trick at Dens Park this afternoon – Neil Lennon would become his third Celtic manager if he makes his comeback.

BALLS.ie · Mar 16

Ex-Celtic Boss Reveals Players Were Scared Of Kieran Tierney In Training

Former manager Ronny Deila has revealed that Celtic players used to hate coming up against Kieran Tierney in training due to his intensity...

BALLS.ie · Mar 16
Daily Record · Mar 16

Kieran Tierney’s Celtic team-mates were scared to go near him reveals Ronny Deila

The Norwegian adores the Scotland international but admits his Hoops pals were frightened of him at Lennoxtown...

Daily Record · Mar 16
The Celtic Star · Mar 15

Ronny Deila’s League Cup Final win edges Celtic towards the Treble

RONNY DEILA took another step towards winning a Treble for Celtic on this day in 2015 when his side beat Dundee Utd 2-0 in the League Cup Final, with the goals coming from Kris Commons and James Forrest...

The Celtic Star · Mar 15
HITC · Mar 8

Deila explains why he was surprised when Rodgers left Celtic for Leicester

Brendan Rodgers walked out of Scottish Premiership champions Celtic to take over at Premier League outfit Leicester City last week...

HITC · Mar 8
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