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12th Dec, 2016 | 11:52am

Ronny Deila shares the promise he was made by the Celtic board

By Emma Sanders

Ronny Deila claims he expected to stay at Celtic for a long time after the board promised he would remain at the club for “many years.”

The former Hoops boss claimed his impressive first season prompted backing from the board but a few poor results in Europe the following season dented his managerial stint.

Deila was replaced by Brendan Rodgers in the summer and has since moved on to manage Valerenga in the Norwegian first division in his homeland.

“My status was huge at Celtic after my first year there. We won the double and were robbed of the treble. The board were very pleased with me and I was told that I could be at the club for many years,” said Deila, as reported by the Daily Record.

“But the following year we lost a match in Europe when we met Malmo and totally flopped away from home.”

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The Norwegian led Celtic to the Premiership title and the Scottish League cup in his first season during the 2014-15 campaign and his side also recorded a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan in Europe.

However, a disappointing result at home against Malmo in Europe dented his reputation the following season, despite Celtic retaining the Premiership title.

Since Rodgers’ arrival, Celtic have already lifted the League Cup and look set to run away with the league title as they currently hold an eight point lead over Rangers, with three games in hand.

They also sealed an impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the Champions League last week.

The players have spoken enthusiastically of the changes made by Rodgers and how his coaching and work on the training ground has inspired a collective improvement.

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