Watch: The Ronny Roar returns to Europe as former Celtic boss picks up first win in Belgium

By Dave Flanigan

August 7, 2022

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has celebrated his first win as Standard Liege manager in a fashion that will be instantly familiar to all Hoops supporters.

Deila replaced Neil Lennon as Celtic manager in 2014, leading the Hoops to back-to-back league titles and a league cup, before stints at Valerenga in his homeland, and New York City FC under the City Football Group, before being appointed manager of the Liege side in the summer.

The Norwegian celebrated his side’s 2-0 win over Cercle Brugge with his customary triple fist-pump, much to the home fans’ delight.

A good start for an old favourite

Despite not building on a solid first season as Celtic manager, Deila remains a popular figure for good reason, and was someone who took wholeheartedly to the club during his time in Glasgow.

Beginning after a last minute Virgil van Dijk winner over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in November 2014, Deila would salute the Celtic fans with his trademark celebration after every subsequent victory of his two year spell in charge.

The Norwegian set the foundations for much of the success that was to come, giving consistent opportunities to likes of Kieran Tierney, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor – who would go on to heavily contribute to Celtic’s unprecedented quadruple treble in the years to come.

Few fans would begrudge Deila a successful time in Belgium – particularly when he could yet be managing a current Celtic star on loan for the season, if reports are to be believed.

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