Celtic boss says he can cope with strain game

RONNY DEILA is confident he can handle the pressure of being Celtic boss … and living in the goldfish bowl of Scottish football.

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Ronny Deila took time out to promote the home leg of the second-round Champions League qualifier
Ronny Deila took time out to promote the home leg of the second-round Champions League qualifier

The Norwegian has swapped Stromsgodset for life in the fast lane at Celtic Park after being named as Neil Lennon's successor.

He has arrived in Glasgow with a burgeoning reputation as one of the brightest young coaches in the game, but will be under intense scrutiny as the Hoops bid for a fourth straight top-flight crown and place in the Champions League group stages.

The new boss will meet his squad for the first time today when the players report for pre-season training at Celtic's Lennoxtown base.

A number of Deila's predecessors have decided to give themselves breathing space in the job by choosing not to stay in Glasgow.

And the 38-year-old is now set to follow suit as he gears up for his first season in the Celtic Park dugout.

Deila said: "I haven't been in the street yet, I've been working all weekend on other things. I don't think I'll have a problem with that.

"I know when you're Celtic manager you're Celtic manager 24 hours a day.

"If you make that choice to go out on the streets you have to handle it. If you don't want it, you stay home.

"That's my choice and I will have the same values of respect in the street as in all the other places. I want to make people proud I'm the Celtic manager. That's important.

"I'm not going to stay in the city, I'd rather stay outside so I can choose myself if I want to be in the chaos or not!"


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