Ronny Deila has announced that he will step down from his position as Celtic manager this summer.
After joining the club in 2014, Deila won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup in his first year in charge. Celtic currently hold an eight-point lead at the top of the league table, in line to win their fifth-straight title.
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However, a lack of success in European competition and a recent loss to rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup have led to Deila’s decision to walk away.
Below is part of a statement released by Deila on Celtic’s club website:
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.
In 2013, Celtic defeated Barcelona in the Champions League to reach the Round of 16, a return to Europe’s biggest stage for the historic club. Celtic won the European Cup in 1967, the first British side to ever win the trophy, and reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2003, although they lost to Porto in extra-time.
However, the club has faltered in Europe since, finishing bottom of their group without a win in the Europa League this season. For a club with as proud of a history as Celtic, the results were deemed unacceptable.
Early favorites for the job are Neil Lennon, who managed Celtic from 2010-14, and former Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who is currently an assistant with the Republic of Ireland.