Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila took charge of his first game as New York City manager late last night.
The MLS side – now managed by Hoops favourite Deila – were in Florida Cup pre-season action as they took on Brazilian giants Corinthians, and went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat.
While the loss is likely to disappoint Deila, who would’ve wanted to get off to a winning start, he will take solace from the fact that only a few of his new signings were included in the matchday squad.
For example, there was no place for Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven in the 24-man squad named for the game as Deila opted for a mainly American make-up.
The Scotland international is likely to be part of his side’s squad for their next game in the friendly competition against Palmeiras on Saturday.
After that, Deila’s men face a two-legged COCACAF Champions League last 16 clash against Costa Rican side San Carlos in late February.
Emilio Izaguirre’s current employers Motagua are also still in that competition, meaning that Deila and the Honduran could come into contact with each other, should results and the draw go a certain way.
Celtic fans will be supporting New York City this season
It’s going to be intriguing to see how Deila gets on in the MLS this season. The former Celtic boss has a good track record in management, even if his time in Glasgow wasn’t a roaring success.
New York have clearly seen something in him to take him on board for such a big job, and the Norwegian will hope he can repay their faith.
One thing’s for sure, the Celtic faithful will know who to support in the American top-flight this season. Deila had that kind of effect on everyone.