Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Ronny Who? What an anti-climax from Scottish giants

You'll do Ron: Celtic fans seem to approve of the appointment of Ronny Deila as manager if this banner is anything to go by
You'll do Ron: Celtic fans seem to approve of the appointment of Ronny Deila as manager if this banner is anything to go by

It could have been Roy Keane, one of the most famous men in world football.

Instead Celtic have appointed Ronny Deila as their new manager. Ronny Who?

Delia Smith is better known in footballing circles in Glasgow than this bloke.

Celtic are a big club, but they certainly haven't delivered a big name to replace Neil Lennon.

If they are being honest the majority of Hoops fans would preferred to have seen Keane, Henrik Larsson or even Steve Clarke take the reins.

Mind you, it wouldn't matter if Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Wood or Ronny Deila was in charge next season, with Rangers still not in the top flight, Celtic are assured of winning the Scottish Premiership title.

Truth be told they should lift a cup as well, such is their superiority in Scotland, even though Lennon failed to do a double in his final season.

It's not the domestic scene that Deila has to worry about. Ultimately he will be judged on what he does with the Bhoys in Europe.

The 38-year-old, who is a qualified teacher, arrives from Norwegian football having been the boss of Stromsgodset since 2008.

Considered a small club in Norway, (the equivalent in Scotland would be Motherwell), Deila transformed Stromsgodset from nobodies to champions last season and has been described as a 'Norweigan Jurgen Klopp'.

Deila is a big fan of the German and has been a keen viewer of Klopp's coaching sessions at Borussia Dortmund.

He has also watched Brendan Rodgers on the training ground at Liverpool and will hope some of the Carnlough native's magic rubs off long enough to carry the Bhoys into the Champions League group stages.

Celtic have to negotiate three preliminary ties before they can think about meeting the likes of Barcelona once more.

That was one of the reasons why Lennon left because he wasn't convinced that, given budget constraints and the probability of more of the club's better players departing, Celtic would make it into the big money stages again.

Celtic's season could effectively be over by August if they don't qualify... maybe that's why Deila has only been given a one year rolling contract.

He could be a huge hit and if so he'll get all the praise going, but considering who was linked with the job yesterday's announcement was an anti-climax. There was also a cheap option feel to it.

You would think Celtic should be bigger and better than that.

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