Ronny Deila cites special Celtic bond during Standard Liege unveiling; talks up support

By Lewis Laird

June 15, 2022

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila is looking to use his experience at Parkhead to his advantage in his new role at Standard Liege.

The Norweigan boss completed his move to the Belgian league earlier this week after leaving MLS side New York City FC.

During his two years in charge at NYFC, Deila led his side to their first-ever MLS title, having only been formed nine years ago.

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His success in the US, and former trophy wins in Scotland and Norway, attracted the interest of teams from across Europe, including English Championship side Blackburn Rovers, who reportedly held talks with the 46-year-old to replace Tony Mowbray.

However, it was Standard Liege who moved quickest, bringing Deila back for another stint in European Football.

This afternoon, the former Celtic manager was introduced to the media in Belgium and took part in his first press conference since becoming the Liege boss. [Sporza]

He was asked a series of questions about coming into the role, and he was quick to bring up his experience at Parkhead as something he will use to his advantage in his new role.

Deila spoke about the similarities between the football played in Scotland and Belgium and provided a brilliant statement about the Hoops fan base, stating that whenever he returns to Celtic Park, he feels ‘a part of something’.

When asked if he had spoken to Norwegian Standard Liege legend Ole Martin, Deila said: “When I called him to see how the club (Standard Liege) was and what he thinks, it was only positive things I received. He said, you are going to love it; if you succeed there, it’s going to be the best time of your life.

“At the same time, we know it’s passionate, and if it doesn’t go well, it will be the worst time of your life. But that’s what the challenge is, and he said every time he comes here, he feels the love from the fans.

“That’s something I experienced at Celtic; whenever you go back, you feel a part of something, and that is something that has given me more energy to come here.”

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He continued: “It’s a very physical league; there is a lot of straight direct football. So, you have to adapt to that intensity and that physic.

“But I think also the MLS is physical, the Norwegian league is physical, and the Scottish league is very physical as well. So, I think I have some experience in that.”

As Deila prepares to take charge at the home stadium of Standard Liege, otherwise known to some as ‘The Hell of Sclessin’, the ex-Celtic boss provided a quip about his time managing at Paradise: “I’ve been to Paradise with Celtic and done quite well, and now I go to hell, and I hope to succeed here as well.”

Deila’s Celtic experience will set him up well for Standard Liege

Deila’s spell at Celtic between 2014-2016 may have had its ups and downs.

However, the Norwegian was still able to come away with some trophy success that will have helped set him up for his future roles in football.

Having experienced the pressures that come with being Celtic manager on the domestic and European stage, Deila can now carry that over to the rebuild that he faces at Standard Liege this summer.

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It will undoubtedly be interesting to see how he fares during his first spell back as a manager within a competitive European league since being in the US.

Many more eyes are likely to be watching closely to see the progress he can make, including the Celtic supporters.

Fingers crossed, we can see Ronny achieve even more success. We wish him all the best of luck!

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