'I will start differently' - Ronny Deila makes Celtic admission
By Danny Wright
Ronny Deila has admitted he did not know what to expect when he first joined Celtic in 2014.
The 41-year-old quit Celtic Park just two years later after an underwhelming spell as manager.
Despite the absence of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, the Hoops were less than convincing during his spell in charge and fans never really warmed to the Norweigen boss, who is now in charge of Valerenga in his home nation.
Deila believes that he learned a lot during his time in Glasgow but has suggested that he was not ready to deal with how much the game meant to British football fans.
“I learned so many things about myself. How to handle pressure. How to relax in stressful periods. I learned lots about the differences in culture. Crucially you have to know what you are going into,” said Deila, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“I didn’t know what I was going to. I know now if I go back to Britain what the culture is about. I will start differently. I will be more like them.
“You have more freedom. Norway is a calm life. There’s not that stress over football. Many people go to the games and the figures are good but the game is not the end of the world.”
The ex-Celtic boss lifted the league title in both of his seasons but never saw his side dominate cup competitions and he only managed to secure the Scottish League Cup on one occasion.
Since Brendan Rodgers took over from Deila, the Bhoys have not looked back.
They are currently unbeaten in domestic football and are just two wins away from securing the treble.
Rangers await Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday, a competition which eluded Deila during his spell in the Parkhead hot-seat.
If they can beat Pedro Caixinha’s side, the Bhoys will face Aberdeen or Hibernian in the final.
In other Celtic news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the Under-17 side beating Rangers in the Glasgow Cup.