Ex-Celtic boss Ronny Deila's hilarious response to strip celebration question

By David Walton

June 16, 2022

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has again hilariously opened himself up to his now famous strip celebration should he bag success with Standard Liege.

Deila was confirmed as the new manager of the Belgian club earlier this week as he returns to Europe following a hugely successful time with New York City.

Ronny managed to win the MLS last season and celebrated by stripping down to his underwear. He also did the same after winning the Norwegian title with Stromsgodset too. Many Celtic fans will also remember he promised to do similar if he won the treble during his time in Glasgow [Daily Record].

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But whilst that particular achievement would elude him, Deila was asked about whether the Standard Liege fans can expect a similar celebration if he’s to be successful in Belgium.

And in a video of his first press conference published by Sporza, Deila said: “I can assure you if they want to see my body then that’s no problem for me! It’s worth it!

“I’m not very proud when I see the pictures again but I’m proud of what we did. And if I can experience that again together with our fans, players and staff and you want to see it? I’m ready, I can tell you.”

Ronny Deila ready to strip for success once again with Standard Liege

It’s become something of a trademark for Deila to toast his greatest successes by whipping off his clothes. But you can’t deny it adds something to his personality.

There’s a reason he’s so well-liked at Celtic Park and it’s not just because of his 2 title wins in Glasgow. His likability was always acknowledged during his time here and it’s clear that hasn’t changed since his departure in 2016.

In truth it’s great to have him back on the European stage once again. Standard Liege is a fine move for the Norwegian and one he’ll feel he can make a success out of given what he done in the USA.

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Finishing 14th last term simply isn’t good enough for a team of Liege’s standing in Belgium. A big rebuilding job is on the cards for him, but that’s always been the kind of role Deila has enjoyed most. Projects where he can build and be allowed to grow.

All eyes will be on whether he can lead Standard back into Europe. That would then potentially mean a return to Celtic Park if the 2 sides were to ever meet. But at the moment, we’re a long way from that.

All the best to Ronny in his new venture. It certainly won’t be an easy task.

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