Charlie Nicholas criticises Celtic boss Ronny Deila for timing of departure news

The Norwegian is leaving Celtic at the end of the season.

Big news broke from Celtic today as manager Ronny Deila confirmed he would be leaving the club at the end of the current season.

He said in a statement on the official Celtic website:

"It is vital that the Club comes first and instead of me being the focus, hopefully now the team and the Club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season.”

Deila’s assertion that he was doing this for the good of the club was certainly not welcomed by one former Celtic player.

Charlie Nicholas spent two spells with Celtic in his career and is still a legend at the club.

He was clearly not impressed by the statement and made that clear today (20/04/16) on Sky Sports News HQ. He had this to say about the timing of Deila’s announcement:

“I think the timing is awful. I think that for him to say it is more about the club than him, that’ll backfire on him today. It is all about him because it’s him that’s making the statement.

“Celtic are going for this title. Ronny has suffered, along with the people who run the club, they’re not doing their job right just now. It’s a club that’s run stale.

“But Ronny announcing this now will not please a lot of people. We predicted it, but in house, you keep it in house, you get the title wrapped up then the business is done.

“If they were to slip up this weekend and Aberdeen were to catch them. It would be an absolute mess, complete mayhem.

“It will still be all about Ronny Deila because he’s the story today.”

Nicholas clearly feels this knowledge did not need to be made public before it came to fruition at the end of the season.

It seems that Deila wanted to end the rumour and conjecture surrounding his Celtic future after the Old Firm defeat and he has now done that.

Celtic fans have never fully bought into Deila’s methods and their lack of form in Europe was for many unforgiveable.

Now the attention must quickly shift to who Celtic should be bringing in to take over from the Norwegian.

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