Stromsgodset manager David Nielsen has been speaking about Celtic boss Ronny Deila in comments published by the Daily Record.
Nielsen admitted he was surprised when he first heard that Deila was swapping the Norwegian club for the Scottish giants, but in the season that followed, the Bhoys boss has well and truly proved he is the man for the job.
He may have seen the chance of an historic treble ended in contentious circumstances on Sunday, as Celtic lost 3-2 in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but he still has the chance to add the league title to the Scottish League Cup won last month.
Speaking about his former colleague, Nielsen said, “At first, it was a case of could Ronny hold on to his job at Celtic? Now, it’s the other way around, can Celtic hold on to Ronny Deila?”
It is a bold statement but one with an element of truth. After all, Deila has seized his opportunity in emphatic fashion and there are likely to be a number of clubs across Europe paying very close attention to him.
But he looks set to remain at Celtic for quite some time and after a wonderful debut campaign, there is every chance he could do even better next season, with a longer run in Europe likely to be one of his focuses.
Whatever happens, Nielsen believes the man he worked under as assistant manager in Norway could be destined for greatness.
“Ronny is still young but he can go to the very top of the game, in terms of management,” he added.