The Celtic boss will be leaving the club in the summer.
Yesterday saw Celtic announce that Ronny Deila would be leaving the club in the summer.
The Norwegian has not been a popular figure at Celtic in his time with the club and many have suggested he walked the plank before he was made to march it.
Deila was under even more pressure after the loss to Rangers in the Old Firm derby at the weekend, so there is certainly logic behind the theory.
But Deila’s agent has now come out to strongly deny such talk.
Tore Pedersen told VG in Norway that Deila could have stayed at Celtic for next season but decided it was for the best, for himself and the club, if he left in the summer:
“He has not been sacked. Ron could have continued if he wanted. He has determined that this decision is the best for both him and the club.
“The noise from the press takes the focus away from what he believes should be the focus. Namely the daily work of the team.
“Now he focuses on finishing with style at Celtic. Hopefully he wins another championship. If you look at his record in Celtic, it is not so bad. It is the equal of his predecessors.”
He did not stop there. He also stated that the expectations at Celtic were unrealistic for Deila, considering the constant selling of star players:
“Expectations at Celtic are unrealistic.
“They sell their best players, and cannot afford to pick players from a league like the English Championship.
“It basically makes it difficult to combine with Champions League participation. He is competing with (Champions League) teams with Rosenborg like players.”
Deila must now ensure that Celtic get over the line in the hunt for the Scottish Premiership title. Behind the scenes the attention must now switch to who exactly Celtic will bring in to replace the Norwegian after his departure.
Plenty of names have already been mentioned as possibilities but whoever gets the job will know from watching Deila that they have a massive job on their hands.