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Scottish champion Celtic hires Norwegian Ronny Deila as new manager

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GLASGOW, Scotland - Norwegian coach Ronny Deila was hired as the new manager of Scottish champion Celtic on Friday.

The 38-year-old Deila joined the Glasgow club on a 12-month rolling contract from Norwegian side Stromsgodset. He guided the club to its first Norwegian league title in 43 years last season.

Deila takes over at Celtic from Neil Lennon, who quit last month after winning five trophies in four years.

"I want to deliver the best attacking, exciting and entertaining football we can play," Deila said.

The Norwegian "likes to play attacking, winning football, the Celtic way, something I know our supporters will endorse," Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said.

Former Ireland and Manchester United star Roy Keane had been in contention for the Celtic job but ruled himself out last week. Former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clark had been among the other reported candidates.

Deila said former Celtic and Scotland midfielder John Collins was one of several candidates to be his top assistant. Lawwell said he was in talks with former Hearts and Sunderland 'keeper Craig Gordon,

Deila shrugged off comparisons to Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp at a news conference.

"I am Ronny Deila but I like Juergen Klopp," Deila said. "He is a modern leader, very close to the players, and I think that is important. You have to get the players to feel safe and they also have to feel loved, and Juergen Klopp is fantastic at doing that."

The Norwegian's first competitive game as Celtic manager will be a Champions League qualifier next month — the first of three matches the club has to negotiate in order to reach the group stages.

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