Ronny Deila makes a surprise offer to help new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Ronny Deila says he will help Brendan Rodgers as he starts life as Celtic manager.

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that he is willing to offer a helping hand to his replacement Brendan Rodgers.

The Bhoys moved to appoint Rodgers, 43, on Friday afternoon, with the Northern Irishman penning a rolling 12-month contract at Celtic Park.

Having come within a whisker of winning the Premier League title with Liverpool back in 2014, Rodgers is seen as a huge, ambitious appointment by Celtic, and he will be looking to rebuild his reputation as a manager having been sacked by Liverpool in October.

His immediate challenges will be to maintain Celtic's position at the top of Scottish football, and to bring European success back to the Bhoys - something which ultimately proved to be the downfall of predecessor Ronny Deila.

Deila's two years in charge brought some European nightmares for Celtic, but he has surprisingly offered a helping hand to his replacement Rodgers.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Deila has admitted that if Rodgers wants any help as he settles into life as Celtic manager, then he is happy to help and talk to him in the coming weeks.

Deila added that he thinks Celtic couldn't have made a better appointment than Rodgers, noting the 'fantastic job' he did at both Liverpool and Swansea City, and noted that his boyhood love for the club will be a huge factor in his success at Celtic Park.

"If Brendan wants to talk to me about anything at Celtic, I would be happy to do that," said Deila. "That would be no problem. I am more than willing to have a chat with him in the coming weeks. Celtic couldn’t have a picked a better manager than Brendan. He will lead the club to the heights they should be at. He is a modern coach and a good human being. He communicates with his players and he is very good on the training pitch."

"He is very clear in what he wants. He has a lot of skills as a coach and he is good with people. Brendan is a Celtic fan as well and I am sure that he will make the team better and have a lot of success at the club. I met Brendan when I visited Liverpool’s training ground a few years ago and I have spoken to him a couple of times. He did a fantastic job at Liverpool and Swansea and I have always believed in him as a coach," he added.

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