So after being kicked out of the Scottish Cup on Sunday by a Championship side reports began to surface that Celtic manager Ronny Delia was to be sent packing and today it has been confirmed.
Celtic FC announced on their website today that the club would be parting company with the Norwegian manager at the end of the season;
“Celtic Football Club today announced that Celtic Manager Ronny Deila has decided to leave the Club at the end of the season. Ronny has already led Celtic to a League and Cup double last season and is currently aiming to deliver Celtic’s fifth consecutive Premiership title.”
Delia was quoted in the statement saying;
“It is vital that the Club comes first and instead of me being the focus, hopefully now the team and the Club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season.
It was an absolute privilege to be named manager of Celtic, such a wonderful football club, and I have enjoyed my time here immensely. I will never forget the welcome I received almost two years ago at Celtic Park from so many fans. When I joined Celtic I knew I was coming to one of the world’s great football clubs.
There have been some great times and I am delighted that we have brought some trophies to the Club.
I was delighted in my first year to bring our fans a League and Cup double and enjoy some European nights at Celtic Park, and I am pleased this season to be well in contention to win another Premiership title.
There have been some disappointments and times when we have not achieved what we had hoped for and I’m realistic and honest enough to admit that, but I know that the players, myself and my backroom team have always given everything we had to bring success to our supporters.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so well at the Club. The fans have been magnificent during the past two years. Our fans are the heartbeat of the Club, they have always given myself and the team such amazing support and always created such a great atmosphere. We have always given our best for them and I will always be a Celtic supporter too.
I also want to thank Dermot Desmond, Ian Bankier, Peter Lawwell, the players and my staff. They have given me everything.
My total focus now is on retaining our Premiership title and making it five-in-a-row for our great club and proving that we are the best in the country. Myself and the players will be giving everything we can to achieve this and I know that starting on Sunday we must all unite and drive the Club on and really go for what we all want as Celtic supporters – to be Scottish Champions once again.”
With five games left in the league and with Aberdeen eight points behind the league is pretty much in touching distance for Celtic. So what now? Well with names like Roy Keane and David Moyes floating about the Celtic board who have been heavily criticised and rightly so over the past few years need a big name signing this time round.
Neil Lennon has even thrown his own name into the mix having left his position at Bolton, but many fans have just brushed that away. Other names that bookies are casting odds for are former Liverpool man Brendan Rodgers who has spoken of his love for Celtic over the years.
Then there is the whispers of the legend Henrik Larsson making a return, for me I don’t think now is the time for a man of his status to return to the club, he’s a hero lets leave it like that.
With the Celtic board in hot water right now I can only guess that this summers signing will be one that will see the support happy but if the last few years are anything to go by we could be looking at yet another cheap option going into the new season.