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Shaun Maloney urges Celtic to appoint true leader to replace Ronny Deila

The former Bhoys favourite believes the club need a strong manager such as former bosses Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan next season.

Shaun Maloney has claimed that Celtic must ensure that they appoint a more experienced leader to replace Ronny Deila as their new manager ahead of the challenges of next season, as quoted by the Evening Times.

Deila will stand down as Bhoys boss this summer after just two seasons in charge, in which he has led the club to back-to-back league titles after Sunday's 3-2 victory over Aberdeen secured a fifth championship in a row.

Though he has been able to maintain Celtic's dominance at the top, the Norwegian has frequently come in for criticism from Hoops fans this season for patchy form and a perceived inability to dominate opponents in the manner to which Parkhead supporters have become accustomed.

Maloney, who scored 52 goals in 215 games for the Glasgow club across two spells under Martin O'Neill, Gordon Strachan, Tony Mowbray, and Neil Lennon, believes that the club have struggled for the lack of a strong, authoritative leader in the dugout.

The current Hull man said, as quoted by the Evening Times: "I would agree that it is an experienced, a leader-type manager that they need. At the moment, they aren’t improving. The manager has spoken about that himself and that is one of the reasons why he is leaving.

"Those managers [O’Neil, Strachan, and Lennon], they drove you forward with their personality and the size of their character. I think Ronny manages in a different way. He lets the players have a say in team matters."

Numerous names have been touted as Deila's replacement, with former Swansea City and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers installed as the current favourite amongst bookmakers ahead of a return for Lennon, and former Hoops midfielder Paul Lambert.

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