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Report claims shock interest in Ronny Deila, Stabaek sporting director discusses Celtic boss

Stabaek are reportedly targeting Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

According to Norwegian newspaper Budstikka, Celtic boss Ronny Deila is a potential target for Stabaek, as they look to replace Bob Bradley.

Stabaek saw American boss Bradley leave the club last week, as he moved on to French second division club Le Havre in a bizarre move from the former United States national team manager.

Now, they have to try and replace him - and with question marks over his future at Celtic, Ronny Deila is being tentatively linked with a move back to Norway.

The former Stromsgodset boss has come in for stern criticism this season due to Celtic's poor displays in Europe, with some fans now calling for him to leave the club despite a promising first campaign last season.

Budstikka believe that Stabaek are at least monitoring Deila's situation at Celtic Park, with Henning Berg another name mentioned as a possible replacement for Bradley.

Featured in Budstikka's report are quotes from Stabaek's sporting director Inge Andre Olsen, who played under Deila at Stromsgodset.

Olsen says that whilst he knows Deila well and monitors his progress in Scotland, he hopes the 40-year-old will keep his job as Celtic boss despite the increasing pressure on him.

"I know Ronny well and we follow his situation closely," said Olsen. "He is a good man and a good coach. I also had him as a coach in his first year with Strømsgodset.  But I hope that Ronny will keep his job in Celtic. I do not know how they think there, but I hope he is allowed to continue. It's good for Norwegian football that we have coaches and players who succeed abroad," he added.

Deila is unlikely to want to give up his role as Celtic boss, but if the Bhoys were to sack him this season, it appears that he would still have plenty of suitors - even if it means heading back to Norway.

For now, Deila has to work hard to get a large section of Bhoys fans back on his side, with European performances this season simply not good enough for a club of Celtic's size.

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