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Celtic boss Deila makes a farewell 'united front' call to fans

By Andy Newport

Ronny Deila has made a farewell plea to the Celtic support as he urged them to show his successor a united front.

The Norwegian will say his goodbyes to the Parkhead faithful following Sunday's Scottish Premiership title party.

The 40-year-old is standing down after leading the Hoops to back-to-back championships but leaves behind a club at odds with their own supporters.

The Celtic faithful are unhappy with chief executive Peter Lawwell and the recent downsizing of the club's spending ambitions,but Deila insists it is important the fans put their differences to one side and give the man taking over his job the backing he will need to stave off the challenge coming next season from Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts.

Deila said: "First I'd want to thank all the fans. It's been two fantastic years. It's important we have unity. The players, the staff, the new manager coming - they need time and support."

Deila, though, has just one final piece of silverware to hoist aloft at Celtic Park on Sunday when his side round off their campaign against Motherwell.

His failure to lead the Hoops into the Champions League undermined his tenure, with last month's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers ultimately seeing him walk before he was pushed out.

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