Ronny Deila linked with Brondby job as Celtic manager prepares to bid farewell by claiming second Scottish Premiership title 

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The countdown ticks onwards. In eight days’ time, Ronny Deila will delight in the presentation of a second Premiership trophy of his tenure before departing Celtic.

A confident, stylish victory over Aberdeen on Sunday lunchtime would help make the farewell that little bit fonder.

Aside from removing any arithmetic caveat about their status as champions, three points would emphasise superiority over the nearest challengers. It would also settle a lingering score given that Deila’s side twice have succumbed to defeat at Pittodrie.

Ronny Deila has been linked with the Brondby job in Denmark as he prepares to depart Celtic 

Ronny Deila has been linked with the Brondby job in Denmark as he prepares to depart Celtic 

The Norwegian manager has just three games left in charge of Celtic before he looks for his next challenge

The Norwegian manager has just three games left in charge of Celtic before he looks for his next challenge

Celtic can mathematically wrap up their fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership title on Sunday

Celtic can mathematically wrap up their fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership title on Sunday

From there, the Norwegian will very much have one hand pressed against the exit door. But what happens when he pushes it open and steps away? What will be next?

Reports in Denmark have already linked Deila as a contender for the Brondby job. And few would be surprised, given his exceptional achievements at Stromsgodset, if he were to re-enter management somewhere in Scandinavia.

The 40-year-old wants to keep working outside of Norway. Beyond that, he is keeping a very open mind about his next employment.

Yet Deila is still convinced of one thing. No matter where he ends up, the intensity won’t that which he has experienced over two years at Parkhead.

‘The most important thing for me is that I suit the style of the organisation and how they run things,’ said Deila.

Deila celebrates at the fill-time whistle after Celtic won 3-1 at Hearts last Saturday to move to the brink

Deila celebrates at the fill-time whistle after Celtic won 3-1 at Hearts last Saturday to move to the brink

Celtic supporters celebrate at Tynecastle as their title triumph is secured with a 3-1 win

Celtic supporters celebrate at Tynecastle as their title triumph is secured with a 3-1 win

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‘I will take with me the wisdom that I have gained here. But it is going to be difficult to get as high pressure a job as I had here.

‘It would have to be a very, very good football team. I don’t think there are a lot of clubs in the (English) Premier League which have that pressure. I think you have to go to the top six or seven teams to get that.’

While the English elite won’t be lifting the phone, Deila will have options. That was a point emphasised this week by Celtic’s Danish centre-back Erik Sviatchenko, who declared his current manager to be a perfect match for Brondby.

‘I don’t know anything about that,’ said Deila. ‘Again, it is rumours.

‘What I know now is that there are three games left at Celtic, then I am going to have a vacation. But I am hungry for working. I have learned a lot here and have gained a lot of experience and I want to stay abroad. That is how it is.

‘Could I see myself ever managing in Scotland again? It is hard to say. You never know in football. I have done everything in Norway. As I said, I have been abroad and I want to stay abroad. But now it will be good to have some time off and then we will see when we start again.’

Celtic's Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko said Deila would be the perfect fit for Brondby

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Celtic’s Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko said Deila would be the perfect fit for Brondby

Deila plans to have a little break after departing Celtic to assess options and offers for his new job

Deila plans to have a little break after departing Celtic to assess options and offers for his new job

How long would this break be? Does Deila envisage himself being back in a job for the start of next season, prepping his new team while Celtic are involved in the Champions League qualifiers?

‘It depends what kind of job. If the job is right I can start at once, if it isn’t right I will have a good time in Marbella,’ he laughed in response.

There are numerous things Deila will miss about Celtic. One of them is his working relationship with Scott Brown.

The Parkhead captain has kicked his last ball this season as he is given a break to allow recovery from tendonitis in his hamstrings. Playing through that pain only increased Brown’s standing in the eyes of his manager.

‘He has been a very good captain,’ stated Deila. ‘He has a lot of experience.

‘He has always given 100 per cent. He is that kind of player, he will go through everything to get a result and get a score-line. He has been a leader on the pitch and in training.

Deila praised his captain Scott Brown, who is set to miss the remainder of the season through injury

Deila praised his captain Scott Brown, who is set to miss the remainder of the season through injury

Brown and Mikael Lustig celebrate after the win over Hearts that secured the title last weekend

Brown and Mikael Lustig celebrate after the win over Hearts that secured the title last weekend

‘He is a very good trainer, together with Charlie (Mulgrew). They are very positive in taking people on in that matter. He has been very important for me.

‘I think it is important that Scott is now given a rest. It is 99.99 per cent sure that we are going to win the league. Now is the time to make everything right so Celtic can have good preparation for going into the Champions League.’

Deila also offered plentiful praise to Aberdeen yesterday, insisting Derek McInnes and his players deserved credit for the challenge they mounted this term.

Yet that doesn’t mean the Norwegian would accept anything less than victory as Celtic seek to celebrate five-in-a-row with a flourish.

‘We want to win on Sunday, that’s important, to show who is the best team in Scotland,’ he added.

‘We have beaten them every time at Celtic Park since I have been here so we want to finish it off in an even better way with three points.

Deila hailed Aberdeen and their manager Derek McInnes for the spirited challenge they've put up

Deila hailed Aberdeen and their manager Derek McInnes for the spirited challenge they’ve put up

Aberdeen's Kenny McLean (right) celebrates after scoring in last weekend's 4-1 win over Motherwell

Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean (right) celebrates after scoring in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Motherwell

Paul Quinn scored Aberdeen's late winner when they beat Celtic at Pittodrie back in Septemeber

Paul Quinn scored Aberdeen’s late winner when they beat Celtic at Pittodrie back in Septemeber

Jonny Hayes scored Aberdeen's first goal as they again beat Celtic 2-1 at the start of February 

Jonny Hayes scored Aberdeen’s first goal as they again beat Celtic 2-1 at the start of February 

‘We lost twice at Pittodrie and of course that hurt a lot. But at the same time you have to give credit to Aberdeen. They have a clear style, a strong unit. The whole club is happy.

‘They have had a good season. They have pushed us, maybe more than they did last year. ‘Even though it was quite close last time, in the end we had 17 more points. Hopefully we will again get a lot of points ahead between now and the end so it’s important to win on Sunday.’

While they await the collective title party, one personal accolade has made its way to Celtic. Winger Patrick Roberts, on loan from Manchester City, was named Ladbrokes Premiership Player of the Month for April.

‘I came in January but by the time I was kicking on and starting games it was April,’ admitted the 19-year-old.

‘I’m a bit disappointed the season is coming to an end because I’m now getting a run of games, but it’s been a good way to end the season.’

 

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