Confirmed: Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila appointed boss in Belgium

By Lewis Laird

June 13, 2022

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been confirmed as the new boss of Belgian league side Standard Liege.

Since his departure from Celtic, the Norwegian coach has had spells in his homeland and most recently in the US with New York City FC.

During his two-year stay in America, Deila took NYFC to their first-ever MLS Cup, which became his first trophy success since the Scottish Premiership title in 2014/15.

After taking the side formed in 2013 to their title success in the MLS, several different sides have been eyeing up a move for the ex-Celtic manager.

That included English Championship side Blackburn Rovers, who Deila reportedly held talks with to replace another former Celtic boss, Tony Mowbray.

However, the 46-year-old has this afternoon been confirmed as the new manager of Standard Liege.

In Belgium, he will link up with another name familiar to Celtic fans, Fergal Harkin, who was once linked with the director of football role at Parkhead.

Harkin, who previously worked with the City Group, knew Deila well from his time there and was keen to bring the Norwegian on board with Standard Liege.

Recent links suggested that Deila could be on his way to Belgium, and they now have their man to take the club forward going into next season.

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Deila is still very highly regarded by the Celtic support after his two-year spell in Glasgow between 2014-2016, winning two league titles and a league cup.

So, I am sure there will be plenty of fans who will be keeping an eye on the progress of our former manager and his new club going into next season, as they did during his time in the US.

All the best on the new role, Ronny!

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