It was April 2016, three days had passed since Rangers had overcome the Bhoys in the Scottish Cup semi-final, setting up a mouth-watering tie against Hibernians in the final, and Ronny Deila announced he would leave Celtic at the end of the season. It was a move that shocked, frustrated and delighted the fans in equal measure.
Whilst most Celtic fans will look back on Ronny Deila’s days at the club with horror, that’s only because of the recent successes that they’ve achieved with Brendan Rodgers. In truth, Deila played his part at Parkhead and did his bit in helping them on their way to winning ten titles in a row. The Hoops have won the last seven titles, and titles number four and five in their current run were secured by Deila.
The Norwegian manager may have been in a bit over his head at Parkhead, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t give it his best shot. His passion and desire to succeed in Glasgow was huge, and his commitment simply wasn’t backed by the board at the time, leading to an unhappy ending when he announced he would be leaving after losing to Rangers, although he did secure the Scottish League title before he left.
You can read the Bhoys’ thoughts on Deila’s sacking here:
@celticfc board should leave with him, one up front and no commons, what a joke
— vimtoman (@vimtoman40) April 20, 2016
@celticfc When can we expect a similar press release about the departure of our CEO? Whose position is also untenable.
— The Huddleboard (@huddleboard) April 20, 2016
— Sean Conway (@Sean88Conway) April 20, 2016
@celticfc players need to have a right good look at themselves also. Good luck Ronny
— Eddie Kane (@EdKane1070) 20 April 2016
@celticfc wtf? Scapegoat for the failure of the board to properly invest in playing staff?
— Paul McAnallen (@shiftcontrol66) April 20, 2016
@celticfc Good luck for the future Ronny great statement
— Cammy Gillan (@CameronGillan) 20 April 2016
@celticfc like many Celtic fans, I really wanted Ronny to succeed. Would like to wish him all the best for the future.
— Five Fake Stars (@fivefakestars) April 20, 2016
@celticfc really wanted hin to do well. Unfortunate but had to happen
— Gary Madden (@Garyjmadden) April 20, 2016
@celticfc It's probably for the best but majority of those players should be embarrassed with themselves, esp on Sunday, disgraceful showing
— John McCormack (@5JohnPentagon5) April 20, 2016
Whilst the Hoops new that Deila had to go, they were still sad to see him leave considering his passion for the club, and would have been keen to see some of those above him make an exit with the Norwegian.