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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs Ronny Deila for Premier League, praises Celtic job

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The former Cardiff City boss took over at Molde today.

Today saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, former Manchester United striker and Cardiff City manager, get back into football management.

The Norwegian has been out of a job since departing Cardiff in September 2014 and has spent time coaching youth teams in the past year before taking up the job at his former club.

Interestingly his first game in action with the club will be against a countryman in the form of Celtic and their manager Ronny Deila.

The two know each other well from their time in Norwegian football where they went toe-to-toe for domestic supremacy.

Speaking after his appointment as Molde boss Solskjaer certainly had plenty to say about his countryman.

In quotes from Eurosport he made it clear he was impressed by Deila's achievements with Celtic and that he believed he should one day progress to managing in the Premier League:

"When you go to Celtic with all the demands and expectations, if you withstand that pressure, I think that gives him a great chance of maybe going to the Premier League one day.

"Because that is maybe the natural step after being at such a big club.

"So he can go far because he is an innovative coach, he is enthusiastic and I have got a lot of time for him. I think he has done great (at Celtic). We have seen a Ronny Deila team playing football.

"It takes time and you need time, but they look like what Ronny did in Norway.

"I finally got the password for our analysis room so I am going to watch Celtic tonight and tomorrow, but I didn't want to change too much.

"Hopefully we will give them a good game and it will not be me beating Ronny, it will be my boys, hopefully, beating Celtic."

The Celtic boss has had an up and down career in Scotland. He had a rough start but came back good toward the end of last season but still has his doubters in Scottish football.

The transition to English football has already proven tough for Neil Lennon at Bolton Wanderers so whether Deila could handle a move to English football would indeed be up for debate.

For now however he is with Celtic and hoping to get one over on his former domestic rival.

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