By Coral Barry
Ronny Deila has warned his potential successor Brendan Rodgers that Celtic will be just as difficult a place to manage as his former Premier League club Liverpool.
Rodgers has been heavily linked with the post in recent weeks and Deila has issued a warning to him or anyone else who thinks they can be a success at Celtic Park.
Deila has failed to win over the passionate Hoops supporters and has particularly struggled to keep up Celtic’s impressive Champions League group stage record with failure to progress past the qualification rounds for two years running.
Chief executive Peter Lawwell will now be in no doubt that his Deila experiment has been a disaster, but the Norwegian has warned his club that any incoming manager will not guarantee success regardless of his experience.
“It will be the same whether it is Brendan Rodgers or whoever comes in next, Celtic is a tough place to manage,” said Deila speaking to the Daily Mail. “I don’t think this job is much easier than being manager of Liverpool.
“It’s “failure” when you lose and “just OK” when you win.
“You have to try to enjoy it and that would be my message to the supporters, too. Enjoy winning, because there will be times when they’re not winning.”
Celtic’s semi-final defeat to arch rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup a week ago was the last nail in Deila’s coffin.
The penalty shoot-out heartbreak confirmed every Celtic fans greatest fear that the players simply did not want to play under Deila as they looked disorganised and only just managed to scrap through extra-time.
Despite the recent hiccups and his subsequent dismissal, Deila has insisted there is no hard feelings between him and Lawwell.
The 40-year-old said: “There is an unbelievable record of trophies in Peter [Lawwell’s] time. Nine league titles and seven or eight times in Champions League.
“He knows how I’ve felt — through good times and bad. Without him, it would have been very hard. I’ve worked honestly and they’ve been honest with me. It’s a good thing to go out on that.”
In other Celtic news, Deila has outlined the two main reasons for his failure.