Glasgow (AFP) – Outgoing Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he doesn’t regret joining the Parkhead club, despite rueing some of his decisions from his time in charge.
The 40-year-old will leave the club on Sunday after his side are presented with the Scottish Premiership championship trophy following their final game of the season against Motherwell.
The Norwegian won two league titles and a League Cup during his two seasons in charge of the Glasgow giants but came in for criticism following poor European results and recent cup semi-final defeats to Ross County and Old Firm rivals Rangers.
“I would do a lot of things differently, but there are a lot of things I did really well,” Deila said.
“I have brought in a lot of my ideas and a lot of things have been positive for Celtic.
“I have also learned a lot from Scottish football as it’s always the give and take when you come to new environments – it’s not just one way – and that’s been very good for me.
“I’m sitting here today much more mature, much more experienced – a better person and manager.
“I will miss being part of a club like Celtic and all the games, the fans and the intensity that goes into it. I love it and hate it. You’re afraid to lose but at the same time you love to win.
“You are really on a high all the time, and so alive.”
– Mixed feelings –
Deila admits the match against Motherwell will hold mixed feelings for him, but says he is now looking forward to some time off in his native Norway.
The former Stromsgodset boss says he won’t rush back in to management.
“It has to be something that excites me,” Deila said. “It was like that when I came to Celtic. There was no thought in my head that I was not going to do this and I will never regret that decision.
“It’s been a long season and you can feel we’re starting to get a bit tired and I’m looking forward to getting some vacation. It’s a little bit sad but at the same time it’s a good feeling.
“It’s difficult to say what you feel, you need some time to reflect on what you have been through over the past two years before you can say that.
“The best thing for me is to have some time off, to reflect what I have been through and recharge my batteries and then really get that hunger again in what I want to do.”
Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths won’t be able to add to his tally of 40 for the season against Motherwell due to suspension while club captain Scott Brown misses out due to injury.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee will battle it out for seventh spot – the only position in the table still to be decided.
Fixtures (1230 unless otherwise stated)
Inverness CT v Dundee
Kilmarnock v Dundee United
Partick Thistle v Hamilton
Aberdeen v Ross County
Celtic v Motherwell
Hearts v St Johnstone
25+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
- Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $4.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
- $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
- Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
- Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family