With Wanyama, Ledley, Hooper, Samaras and Forster all gone and no funding for new players available, after nearly four years as manager Neil Lennon decided it was time to leave his boyhood club. Neil was left with second and third choice players and told to secure four in a row.
Celtic had to find a replacement and in the summer of 2014 Ronny Deila, a complete unknown, arrived at Celtic Park with the task of filling the boots of fans favourite Neil Lennon and securing a fourth successive title for Celtic. With no money to strengthen Ronny got to work on assessing his squad and was given 5 loan players and a panic buy in Stefan Scepovic to secure the clubs fourth title in a row.
After a difficult start to the season Ronny came under pressure from the MSM and used away games to endear himself to the support in similar fashion to Jorgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, celebrating with the Celtic support after away games.
Things are beginning to look positive, at the time of writing Celtic are sitting two points off of the top spot with two games in hand. We are playing some excellent football and are looking very fit and very sharp.
Liam Henderson is a very exciting prospect, Matthews looks back to his best, Gordon is looking better than big Forster and Guidetti had been banging the goals in until his recent drought, but it’s only a matter of time before the Swede hits the goal trail once again.
January will be an interesting month, given some backing by the club, Ronny can get players in that fit the mould he is looking for.
We can see what he can deliver working with Neil Lennons second and third choice players. Anthony Stokes being the perfect example. Stokes failed to impress Neil Lennon at times, the player being left out of many big games and was considered to be fourth choice striker. Fast forward to now, he has a good work ethic and is linking very well with an invigorated Izaguirre.
Our club now need to back our manager and with some sensible investment I think that this will be the start of a special time in our history!
Keep up the hard work Ronny. Hail Hail.