Deila takes over from Lennon at Celtic

Published Friday, 06 June 2014
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Norwegian Ronny Deila has been appointed to take over the reins at Celtic FC, following the departure of Lurgan man Neil Lennon.

Deila takes over from Lennon at Celtic
Ronny Deila has been appointed as Celtic's new manager. (© Getty)

The 38-year-old has signed up with the Scottish side on a 12-month rolling contract, fresh from Strømsgodset IF in Norway.

Last season, Deila led them to their first league championship victory in more than 40 years.

He has described his new job as a "magnificent honour", after an official announcement on Friday.

"I will treasure this opportunity and will give everything I have to achieve success for Celtic and our wonderful fans," Delia said.

"I know what I want for Celtic and our supporters and that is the best of everything, it is what our fans deserve.

"Celtic is in great shape and the club has enjoyed real success in recent years due to the hard work of Neil and his team. I want to carry on this work and continue to bring happy times to Celtic."

I can't wait to get started on this journey.

Ronny Deila

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier hailed the new appointment as a "forward-thinking coach and manager with a progressive approach".

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said that Deila was one of the first candidates to be considered for the role because he was "so highly-rated across Europe".

"We believe Ronny will prove to be a fresh and dynamic new manager and someone who will give us a bright and energetic way forward for Celtic," he added.

"Ronny likes to play attacking, winning football, the Celtic way - something I know our supporters will endorse.

"As the new season begins, I am sure our fans will get right behind Ronny and the players once again as we aim to bring success to Celtic and continue to deliver a club they can be proud of."

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13 Comments
Big Jed in Londonderry wrote (164 days ago):
Well in fairness i think Delia is a fantastic cook and I for one wish her all the best in her new job. Her pavlova is to die for and the wee hoops wont go hungry again.
Mark in Belfast wrote (166 days ago):
Good old adrian the moan, knew i could depend on you.
had enough in lurgan wrote (167 days ago):
Best of luck to Deila cant blame him for taking a chance of running a big club. But as a lifelong celtic fan im disgusted with peter lawells cheapskate approach at celtic. Lenny must have knew the writing was on the wall when he wasnt allowed to offer samaras a new contract. Crocked craig gorden brought in so they could cash in on foster after the world cup.Lawells contempt for our fans and his austerity has drove me away i wont be back to hes gone wonder does lenny feel the same.
s magowan in belfast wrote (168 days ago):
Liam when did Celtic last win the treble?,considering the lack of opposition in the SPL,Celtic reserve team should be able to win the treble.
Football supporter in Belfast wrote (168 days ago):
Fred flintstone could win that league, it has to be the worst league in Europe even with Rangers in it, I used to go over and watch games but it was bad, I wish the guy all the best but he'll not prove himself in that league
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