Outgoing Celtic football boss Deila has no regrets


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)

Saturday

Inverness CT v Dundee

Kilmarnock v Dundee United

Partick Thistle v Hamilton

Sunday

Aberdeen v Ross County

Celtic v Motherwell

Hearts v St Johnstone

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