Celtic's Griffiths shares squad’s instant reaction to Deila announcing decision to leave

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila will step down as Celtic boss this summer.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths says that the players were disappointed when Ronny Deila announced before Wednesday’s training session that he was to step down as manager at the end of the season, The Glasgow Evening Times report.

Deila has confirmed his plans to step down as Celtic boss this summer following two years at the club.

The Norwegian coach joined the Scottish champions in 2014 on an initial 12-month rolling contract to much surprise, succeeding Neil Lennon who left the club after four years at Celtic Park.

Deila is on course for a second successive Scottish Premiership title, but the club’s poor form in Europe and the recent Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers have turned some supporters against him.

Speaking on the matter, Griffiths shared how the 40-year-old informed the squad before Wednesday’s training session and admits the squad on the whole were disappointed.

"He told us just before we went out to train on Wednesday that he had decided to step down as manager and as a whole, the squad was disappointed,” the striker told The Glasgow Evening Times.

"Hopefully at the end of the season he'll look back on his time and he has delivered three trophies in two years. He can count that as a success.

"The European campaigns obviously haven't been great and the cup runs haven't been great but we got two trophies last year and we are looking to get five in a row."

Celtic’s current squad is somewhat bloated and is in need of reshaping, and that has not helped Deila’s cause throughout the campaign as he seeked to rotate to keep everyone happy.

The club’s poor form in Europe has ultimately swayed opinion against him, and a potential fifth successive Scottish Premiership title has been somewhat undermined by Rangers’ absence from the top-flight.

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