Deila: My aim is to make the crowd and fans happy

Ronny Deila is pre­sented at Celtic Park and prom­ises at­tack­ing foot­ball

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL GRANT CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER

RONNY Deila has promised to prove he is a quick learner by han­dling the mas­sive pres­sure which comes with tak­ing over as Celtic man­ager.

The young Nor­we­gian cut an as­sured, com­posed fig­ure as he was pre­sented at a me­dia con­fer­ence and shown off to hun­dreds of fans who turned up out­side the sta­dium at lunchtime yes­ter­day.

Deila, 38, the shock ap­point­ment who agreed a 12-month rolling con­tract, will ap­point an as­sis­tant man­ager in the com­ing days and for­mer Celtic and Scot­land mid­fielder John Collins is the fron­trun­ner.

all eyes were on the new man yes­ter­day as he took ques­tions from around 40 re­porters and ad­mit­ted he faced a huge step up af­ter leav­ing the smaller Nor­we­gian champions, Stroms­god­set, for Celtic.

His pre­de­ces­sor, Neil len­non, had re­vealed yes­ter­day that Deila was con­sid­ered by Celtic for the as­sis­tant man­ager’s job when Jo­han Mjallby left the club at the end of the sea­son, only for him to end up in the big­gest po­si­tion of all only a few weeks later.

Deila said his com­mit­ment to at­tack­ing foot­ball at Stroms­god­set would con­tinue at Celtic and that the big dif­fer­ence be­tween the clubs was the far greater sup­port, noise and at­mos­phere he would en­counter at Park­head.

“i can’t say how i’m go­ing to re­act to that but i know i am a quick learner and that’s the most im­por­tant thing. You have to learn from ex­pe­ri­ences, and de­velop, and that’s what i want.

“i have to be hum­ble. You can ask me ques­tions about europe [qual­i­fy­ing for the Champions league] – can i deal with it? – we’ll see. i just have to look around me and use my en­ergy on the most im­por­tant thing and that’s the prod­uct, what’s hap­pen­ing on the pitch. if the prod­uct is good then good things will come from that.

“i’m stunned, of course, it is un­be­liev­ably big and it makes me very proud but also very, very en­er­gised. i’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the boys and the staff and do­ing some­thing to per­form out there with the boys so that the crowd and the fans are happy.”

Deila was flanked by chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter lawwell through­out his me­dia deal­ings at Park­head. at one point he was asked what he had needed to hear the most from lawwell dur­ing this week’s dis­cus­sions. “That i was wanted. ev­ery­one is the same. if you don’t feel wanted

you don’t feel safe, and if you don’t feel safe you don’t do the best job. That’s the same for the play­ers, they have to feel that I be­lieve in them and that I re­ally want them. That’s what Peter has given me and that’s why I sit here with good con­fi­dence now. That’s im­por­tant.”

“I had a very good meet­ing with [ma­jor share­holder] Der­mot Des­mond too. He sees things. I could have left the room af­ter three min­utes be­cause he had al­ready read me. He has an un­be­liev­able knowl­edge and I know how he has put things to­gether. I have big re­spect for him.” There was a mo­ment of hu­mour when Deila was asked about the pho­to­graphs which were ap­peared in the news­pa­pers and on­line this week, show­ing him strip­ping to his un­der­pants and throw­ing his clothes into the crowd af­ter a cru­cial Stroms­god­set win in 2009.

“That bet was be­tween the fans and me,” he said. “But the pic­tures were not so good, I felt they could have a bet­ter an­gle!” When asked if he might ever strip af­ter a Celtic re­sult, he laughed and said: “If we win the Champions League . . .”

Pic­ture: Nick Ponty

ONE-NORSE TOWN: Ronny Deila is mobbed by sup­port­ers and the me­dia at Park­head yes­ter­day, as he makes his first ap­pear­ance as Celtic man­ager.

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