Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it was a difficult decision for him to turn down Malmo.
Celtic take on the Scandinavian side as they continue their pursuit of a place in the Champions League group stage and Deila had the opportunity to coach them before his move to Parkhead.
Despite the opportunity, Deila feels he’s made the right decision for his career, as he looks to build on a domestic double in his first season in charge of the Bhoys.
“Of course it was a tough decision [not to take the job] because it’s a big club. But it’s a good choice when I see where I am now. It was after I won the title. We were just talking. It was no more than that,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I wanted to stay in Stromgodset as I knew the Champions League qualifiers were coming up. That was interesting. I felt a lot of loyalty and commitment to them. But it was harder when Celtic came along.”
Did Deila make the right decision?
He certainly did because of the success Celtic had under his guidance last season.
He’s come in and transformed the shape of Celtic’s squad and the way they play on the domestic scene as well as in European situations.
Exposing himself to the pressure of managing the biggest club in Scotland is an experience that he wouldn’t have got anywhere else and it’s something, which would have definitely had an impact on him.
The tough challenge for Deila is the next step and what happens if someone comes along looking to poach him from Celtic, but for now he seems determined to have much more success.