Two-times Celtic league winner clinches move from Parkhead to top-tier outfit - report

By Tom Blackburn

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila is set to join Norwegian top-tier outfit Valerenga, according to a report.

This comes just two months after the 40-year-old was sacked by Celtic, with the Scottish club replacing him with Brendan Rodgers.

Norwegian publication VG claims that Deila will join Valerenga in Oslo, where he will be joined by former Stromsgodset manager Erik Espeseth.

Deila is in line for a swift return to management after admitting that he was out of his depth at Celtic, even though he won consecutive league titles during his two-year reign.

It is currently halfway through the Norway season, with the top-tier Tippeligaen running between April and November.

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Valerenga are one of the larger clubs in Norway, but have had a poor season so far, and are currently in the relegation zone, one place off bottom. With half the season remaining there is plenty of time left to improve things.

New manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy in the transfer window signing attacking pair Moussa Dembele and PJ Crossan and is now being linked with a move for Blackburn defender Shane Duffy.

The Scottish champions begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday evening, when they face Lincoln Red Imps in the second qualifying round.

Celtic fans were given a boost on Monday morning, when BT Sport agreed to show the tie live from Gibraltar after initial coverage plans were dropped.

Red Imps are the country’s record champion with 22 league titles, the last 14 of which have been consecutive, and in 2014 they were the first team to represent Gibraltar in the UEFA Champions League.

Celtic have won the last five league titles in Scotland, but the last four have lacked the challenge of rivals Rangers.

This season sees the return of Rangers to the top flight and they are expected to pose an instant threat after four years in the wilderness.

In other Celtic news, their midfielder has shared his pain from the last two years and has vowed to improve.