Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila was born in Porsgrunn on 21 September 1975 (age 44).

Ronny Deila · Photo: Vagelis Georgariou

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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CELTIC flop Mubarak Wakaso has just signed for his ELEVENTH club after agreeing to join Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning.

67HailHail · Jan 20

Ronny Deila Celtic disappointment signs for his 11th club

Former Celtic winger Mubarak Wakaso has now signed for his 11th club in professional football.

The Celtic Star · Jan 17

Photo: Big Apple Reunion for Ex-Celtic Pair

New New York City FC manager Ronny Deila was reunited with Gary Mackay-Steven as the pair step up preparations for the beginning of the MLS season.

67HailHail · Jan 17

“This is so beautiful” – Some Celtic fans find joy in American social media post

The Celtic support seem pretty pleased at the fact that Ronny Deila and Gary Mackay-Steven have been reunited at New York City – judging by the replies from some Hoops fans to a social media post...

67HailHail · Jan 17

MLS side post “reunited” image of departed Celtic duo

Many Celtic fans will be cheering on New York City in the MLS this season, due to the side’s Bhoys connection.

Celts Are Here · Jan 16

‘Reunited’ – Club Posts Pic of Unlikely Former Celtic Duo at Work

Well, you couldn’t have made this up before it happened but New York City FC’s social media team posted a picture on Thursday evening which will make a lot of Celtic fans smile...

67HailHail · Jan 16

Disappointing start for former Celtic boss Deila

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila took charge of his first game as New York City manager late last night.

ACSOM · Jan 14

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Diary of a Treble Treble: October 2018

Thursday 4 October 2018 FC Salzburg 3-1 Celtic The hills were alive with the sound of Celtic as the Scottish champions began the month with a visit to Salzburg, a side which Celtic had previously met during Ronny Deila’s first season in charge...

67HailHail · Jan 13

Ex-Celtic gaffer makes controversial signing who helped cost him his job

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has signed Gedion Zelalem for New York City.

67HailHail · Jan 13

Reported appointment sees unusual Celtic duo combine

Former Celtic flop Efrain Juarez looks set to team-up with Ronny Deila in the USA in what’s looking like a bizarre Celtic combination.

Daily Record · Jan 12

Celtic flop Efrain Juarez to join New York City as Ronny Deila’s assistant

The 31-year-old played under Deila at Valerenga and will join him in New York...

Scotzine · Jan 12

‘Brilliant’: Allan on Life at Hibs

MIDFIELDER Scott Allan admits he likes the feeling of being an inside man.

Daily Record · Jan 12

Ronny Deila signs ex-Rangers man Gedion Zelalem for New York City five years after his Celtic Hampden heartache

The Norwegian was unveiled as manager of the MLS club last week and has wasted no time in recruiting for his new club in the USA...

‘Wish he never left us’ – Many Celtic fans react to ‘excellent’ former Hoops man’s new role

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been confirmed as the new coach of Major League Soccer club New York City FC.

67HailHail · Jan 7

Out of favour Celtic man is ideal candidate for reunion with former boss

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila’s appointment as manager of MLS side New York City FC recently certainly came out of the blue.

​Ex-Celtic coach Deila moves to NYCFC

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has signed a deal to become the next manager of New York City FC.Read more on Tribal Football...

67HailHail · Jan 6

Ronny Deila wasn’t the only Celtic favourite celebrating a new job on Monday

Ronny Deila wasn’t the only Celtic fans favourite to bag a neat new gig on Monday.

67HailHail · Jan 6

Three reasons why Ronny Deila’s Celtic spell will help him in New York

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been announced as the new boss at MLS side New York City.

67HailHail · Jan 6

“You know it makes sense” – Some Celtic fans have a request for the club

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has bagged himself a pretty decent gig as the new manager of MLS side New York City.

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