By Alex Stevens
Ronny Deila has insisted that he has always had total control over Celtic’s transfer policy.
It has been suggested that the board of directors at the Scottish giants have strongly influenced player arrivals and departures over the manager’s head.
But departing boss Deila claims he takes full responsibility for the players signed by Celtic during his two years in charge.
Norwegian Deila addressed the issue after deciding to step down at the end of the season in the wake of Sunday’s Scottish Cup exit to Rangers on penalties.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Deila said: “I know that there’s been a lot speculation around these things.
“One, I sign the players. So don’t think about that. There’s not one player that’s came through that door that I haven’t said yes to.
“Two, I knew what I went into when I took the job. This club wanted to be drifted in a positive way and have a positive economy.
“And then you have to be drifted in those circumstance. Everything that has come into this club is going out of the club. And I think that’s a very good thing and I have no problems with that.”
Deila also revealed he’s not bitter about his Parkhead exit even though he is on the verge of steering the club to fifth consecutive league title and admits he has had long enough at the helm.
“I’ve had unbelievably good communication with the board and [chief executive] Peter [Lawwell] and in bad times and good times and that’s why I sit here and I’m not a bitter man,” said Deila to the Scottish Sun.
“I felt that I was given a chance and I felt at the same time as well now lately we haven’t had the development that we wanted in the team.”
It is said that the process of identifying the new manager will not begin seriously until the end of the league campaign, which finishes with a home clash against Motherwell on 15 May.
The latest Celtic news is that David Moyes has revealed he is interested in succeeding Deila as the Parkhead manager.
“Celtic is a brilliant football club, unbelievable support and fanbase, one of the biggest in the world,” Moyes told Sky Sports on Wednesday night while working as a pundit on the Merseyside derby. “I’m going to wait until the summer time and make a decision then, so there is no hurry.”
Asked if he is interested in the post, the Scot replied: “Lots of jobs will interest me and, as I said, Celtic is a great club.”