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Summary

  1. Norwegian Deila to leave Celtic in summer
  2. Club say it was the manager's decision
  3. Celtic are in line to win fifth consecutive title

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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The news broke this morning that Celtic manager Ronny Deila is to leave the club at the end of the season. 

The Norwegian is on course to deliver his second title in two seasons but disappointing results in the domestic cups and in Europe have played a part in his exit.  

We should hear from him at a media conference tomorrow lunchtime.

Early runners

Neil Lennon

He knows what it's all about. Would Celtic fans welcome a return from the 44-year-old?

His four-year reign with the Hoops ended less than two years ago. A former captain, he guided them to three Premier Leagues and two Scottish Cups, as well as successive appearances in the group stages of the Champions League. 

Available after an unsuccessful 17-month spell with struggling Bolton - and has admitted he would be interested in talking to the board.

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'No excuses for Deila'

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

"When it comes to auditing Deila's time as Celtic manager the ledger is lopsided, the debits outweighing the credits to such a vast extent that the Norwegian could have no legitimate excuses when the announcement came."  

You can read more from Tom here...

'Celtic have lost their way'

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

"Celtic have lost their way, that's obvious. They have given game-time to 34 players in the Premiership this season. Leicester's number, by comparison, is 23."  

You can read more from Tom here...

Early runners

Michael O'Neill

The 46-year-old former Brechin and Shamrock Rovers boss is busy preparing to lead Northern Ireland at Euro 2016. 

There would be compensation issues with him recently agreeing a long contract with the Irish Football Association.

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Ronny to face the press

We got a statement from Rony Deila today but we might hear more from him tomorrow, with the club calling a media conference for 12:15.

That is sure to be well attended...

Early runners

Malky MacKay

The 44-year-old is another to speak positively about the job recently and, like Moyes, is currently available.

The former Celtic centre-half led Cardiff to the Premier League in 2013 but was sacked after a high-profile dispute with club owner Vincent Tan.

His next appointment, at Wigan, ended a little more than a year ago after five largely disappointing months.

Early runners

David Moyes

The Scot is the favourite with bookmakers.

Now 52, he started his playing career at Celtic in 1980 but left for Cambridge three years later. However, it is as a manager he is best known, managing Preston before a nine-year stint at Everton, which was followed by an ill-fated 10-month reign at Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson retired. 

Out of work since November, when a stint as boss of Real Sociedad ended after 364 days. 

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Early runners

Roy Keane

So what about the list of contenders? 

Celtic wanted the former Manchester United midfielder in 2014 before turning their attention to Ronny Deila.

Keane, 44, ended his playing career at Celtic in 2006 but turned down the chance to succeed Lennon as boss because he did not feel they wanted him enough. 

He led Sunderland from the bottom of the Championship to the top but failed to make an impression with them in the Premier League, before an anticipated promotion challenge at Ipswich failed to materialise and he left after less than two years in the job. 

Currently assistant to former Hoops boss Martin O'Neill with the Republic of Ireland.

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What next for Deila?

The 40-year-old may be forgiven if he wants to take some time out after a turbulent two years in Glasgow...

Will he return to Norway, where he played for Odd, Viking and Strømsgodset?

During his time coaching at Strømsgodset, he rejected an approach from Swedish side Malmo.

On course for five-in-a-row

Celtic are eight points clear of Aberdeen, with the final post-split fixtures to go...

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Motherwell (H)

Another Premiership success would make it five-in-a-row for the Glasgow giants.

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Robert McCluskie on Facebook: "The media gave this man a hard time. Why didn't the same media criticise Gary Locke for the dreadful job he was doing at Killie or Ally McCoist for doing likewise at Rangers? In my opinion the media don't want to tell the truth about their pals but a foreign manager is easy prey. Racism springs to mind."  

'Enough is enough'

Below are the thoughts of Chris Sutton, another former Celtic player giving his views on the managerial situation at the club.

He said: "The better team won on Sunday and that’s a wake-up call for Celtic. Celtic should have made the [managerial] change before the January window, but they didn’t, they kept on.

"There has been a regression, it’s got that bad the way Celtic have performed this season. When that happens, they’re on the decline and they see the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen have got closer to them. They need someone to come in and shake things up.

"Have performances been good enough this season? Come on, they haven’t. In Europe, Celtic have failed time and time again, in the big games Celtic have failed time and time again. The level of performance this season has gone backwards.

"Ronny’s a nice guy, but enough is enough."

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Chris Sutton feels Celtic were mistaken to continue with Ronny Deila in position at the start of the year

Leeds' Evans in Celtic mix?

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The Scottish Sun are reporting that Leeds United boss and Celtic supporter Steve Evans is being considered by the Parkhead board as a potential replacement for Ronny Deila.

And the smart money's on...

Here are the odds for who might replace Deila at Celtic. Seven of the top 10 on the bookies' list played for the club.

David Moyes 5-4F

Neil Lennon 5-2/9-4

Roy Keane 6-1

Owen Coyle 8-1

Michael O’Neill 10-1

Alan Stubbs 12-1

Henrik Larsson 12-1

Paul Lambert 14-1

Brendan Rodgers 16-1

Malky Mackay 20-1

Former Celtic player Paul Lambert
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The former Norwich and Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is currently some way down the list of favourites to replace Ronny Deila

Deila timeline

BBC Scotland tracks the highs and lows of Ronny Deila's time at Celtic.

Deila has 'done well'

One of Lennon's former partners in the Celtic midfield, Stiliyan Petrov, offers some sympathy to Ronny Deila.

The Bulgarian said: "[With] Rangers not being there, they’ve become a little bit sloppy, they haven’t spent well enough, they haven’t rebuilt well enough and I don’t think there’s a big gap there. Rangers can go out next season and fancy themselves for the title.

"The Celtic manager didn’t have enough time to show his work. With the magnitude of the club, people will always expect more. He’s done well, he’s going to win the league. If someone turns round and says, you haven’t done a good job, he can say, well we’ve won the league.

"For Celtic Football Club, when that offer comes to anyone, they will take it. They will choose (the next manager) very carefully because they know how important it will be for Celtic."

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Stiliyan Petrov and Neil Lennon were playing at the John Hartson Foundation golf day when news broke of Deila's summer exit

'An unforgiving environment'

Former Celtic midfielder and manager Neil Lennon said of the defeat by Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final: "The acid test was Sunday and although they lost in sudden death penalty kicks, I think the overall performance was disappointing from Celtic's point of view. 

"It is a very unforgiving environment at times. But I just think Celtic this season haven't handled the big games as well as they normally do. 

"I think Ronny will be far better off with the experience. If you can manage here for a couple of years or whatever length of time it is, it will stand you in good stead for whatever walk of football you want to go into after that. I am hoping Ronny will be able to enjoy his last month or two as manager and get over the line with another championship, that would be a nice way to finish off."

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Do you think Ronny Deila is right to stand down as Celtic manager? Who would you like to see replace him in the summer? Davie Moyes, Neil Lennon, Roy Keane and Michael O'Neill are some of the names being mentioned so far. Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportscot on Twitter or on Facebook.

You're gonna hear me roa-a-ar

Celtic fans grew to love the "Ronny Roar", Deila's fist-pumping salute to supporters at the end of a match.

He gave it its first rendition in Scotland in November 2014 after Celtic came from behind to beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie to go top of the league, with Virgil van Dijk scoring a last-minute winner.

The Ronny Roar
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Ronny Deila engages in some post-match bonding with the Celtic fans

'A manager at odds with himself'

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

When Ronny Deila was appointed two years ago, his background was pored over. There was promise in the notion of a coach who focused on players' individual development and a manager whose Stromsgodset side upset the odds in winning the Norwegian title playing a high-tempo, high-pressing, modern brand of football.

For both Deila and Celtic, the question is why that work in Norway was not reflected in the Celtic teams he presided over. The Norwegian might come to reflect that he was not assertive or authoritative enough to impose his ideas fully.

An element of compromise is necessary in management, but too much becomes a weakness. Deila had a reputation for being focused on fitness and a high energy approach; his Celtic teams did not match that promise. Deila never seemed to fill the role with his own personality or strength of will, instead it seemed to constrict him.

Having started to compromise his tactical approach, in part because the squad did not provide enough players with the right attributes to play that way, Deila should have learned to go further and become more pragmatic at times. Yet he remained committed to an attacking outlook, one that cost him regularly in Europe. He seemed a manager at odds with himself.

Kris Commons reacts angrily to being substituted in the 3-1 defeat by Molde in the Europa League last October
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Kris Commons reacts angrily to being substituted in the 3-1 defeat by Molde in the Europa League last October

Deila at Celtic: season two

Champions League qualification is of huge financial importance to Celtic but the Scottish champions failed to reach the group stages when they lost 4-3 to Sweden's Malmo after getting past Starnan and Qarabag.

In the Europa League they drew three and lost three of their group games, finishing behind Fenerbahce, Ajax and Molde.

Celtic lead Aberdeen by eight points with five games to go in the league, but in January they lost to Ross County at Hampden in the League Cup semi-final and on Sunday they lost on penalties to old rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik scores his side's equaliser at Celtic Park before the Dutch won their Europa League match 2-1
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Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik scores his side's equaliser at Celtic Park in November 2015 before the Dutch won their Europa League match 2-1

Deila's first season at Celtic

Deila arrived in Glasgow in June 2014 having won the Norwegian championship with Stromsgodset in his homeland. He led Celtic to a fourth consecutive league title and lifted the Scottish League Cup with a 3-0 victory over Dundee United in his debut season. 

Things didn't go so well in European competition, however.

In Champions League qualifying, Celtic lost 6-1 to Legia Warsaw but were given a 3-0 win and a place in the next round after the Poles were found to have fielded an ineligible player. In August they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Maribor of Slovenia and dropped into the Europa League where they reached the last 16 before losing to Inter Milan. 

Virgil van Dijk is sent off at the San Siro
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Centre-half Virgil van Dijk was sent off in Celtic's defeat at the San Siro

Larsson coy on Celtic link

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Celtic favourite Henrik Larsson has refused to rule out a return to the club as manager.

The Helsingborgs boss was approached by the Scottish champions in 2014 and has been touted as a potential replacement for Ronny Deila.

"It's nothing I think about at the moment," Larsson told Expressen. "I'm only focusing on Helsingborgs IF. If I say this or if I say that it could be wrong. What I can say is that I'm not thinking about it now."

Celtic's big challenge

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner told BBC Radio 5live: "I think there's a group (of candidates). There's a lot of speculation around David (Moyes), obviously Neil Lennon because he is out of a job, he was there before - whether you would go back to somebody who was there who went away, I'm not so sure. Are they looking for somebody fresh?

"Whoever they bring in, they will have to give him money and that is the big challenge for the board."

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Pat Bonner reckons the Celtic board will have to find money to help the new manager reshape the squad

'Strong manager'

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

John Hartson says Celtic need a strong manager to replace Ronny Deila in the summer. He cited Neil Lennon as an ideal candidate, with his experience of managing the club before. Hartson also said that he believes Alan Stubbs and Brendan Rodgers will be among the names considered. The former Celtic striker said that Deila lost too many big matches during his time in charge and added that the club might need to "loosen the purse strings" on the transfer budget if Celtic want to attract a leading manager.

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John Hartson thinks Alan Stubbs and Brendan Rodgers will be considered for the Celtic hot seat

'Make it five in a row'

Chief executive Peter Lawwell was instrumental in bringing Deila from Norway in the summer of 2014.

He has described the manager today as "a man of real humility, someone of tremendous character".

"I personally wish him nothing but success for the future," said Lawwell.

"In the immediate future that means the Scottish Premiership title. Ronny has won it already once before and I know everyone at the club and our supporters will be right behind him and the team as he aims to do it again and make it five in a row for Celtic. 

"This is what we all must do now as supporters and together focus fully on achieving another title victory. If we achieve this we will aim to build again next season and make it many more. 

"I would like to take this chance to thank our fans for all they have given the club this year. Celtic has been the dominant club in Scotland for many years and I can assure our supporters we will do everything we can to ensure that Celtic continues to be the biggest and best in Scottish football and meets every challenge which lies ahead."

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Peter Lawwell and major shareholder Dermot Desmond will be key figures in choosing a replacement for Ronny Deila

'A fine man'

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier praised Deila in a statement issued by the club.

He said: "Ronny is a fine man with strong values of honesty and integrity. He has had some success, which we have enjoyed, and I know all our fans will back Ronny and the players as he looks to bring us more success in the shape of a second League title. 

"We are all Celtic supporters and we all know that there can be disappointments in football, but I know Ronny is a man who has given his very best to the job and someone who will always care passionately about the club. 

"The club, as always, will give Ronny our full support until the end of the season. We will then make a decision regarding our next manager with the objective of remaining Scotland's pre-eminent club. I thank Ronny and once again wish him well for the future."

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Chairman Ian Bankier believes Ronny Deila has given his all to bring success to Celtic

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Today’s #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Since the start of 2000, who are the 7 managers to have taken charge of Celtic?

Lennon 'open to Celtic return'

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Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

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Neil Lennon says he would be open to a return as Celtic manager in the summer and would be willing to speak to the club's board.

"I would definitely be interested. I'm not promoting myself for it but giving an answer," he said. 

Lennon - who was coincidentally speaking at a news conference when the news broke - is 3/1 to replace Ronny Deila, behind 6/4 favourite David Moyes.

The final straw?

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Rumours have been rife since Celtic lost to Rangers in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final that the Norwegian's tenure was coming to a close... 

Deila statement continued...

"There have been some disappointments and times when we have not achieved what we had hoped for and I'm realistic and honest enough to admit that, but I know that the players, myself and my backroom team have always given everything we had to bring success to our supporters. 

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so well at the club. The fans have been magnificent during the past two years. Our fans are the heartbeat of the club, they have always given myself and the team such amazing support and always created such a great atmosphere. We have always given our best for them and I will always be a Celtic supporter too.

"I also want to thank (major shareholder) Dermot Desmond, (chairman) Ian Bankier, (chief executive) Peter Lawwell, the players and my staff. They have given me everything. 

"My total focus now is on retaining our Premiership title and making it five-in-a-row for our great club and proving that we are the best in the country. Myself and the players will be giving everything we can to achieve this and I know that starting on Sunday we must all unite and drive the club on and really go for what we all want as Celtic supporters - to be Scottish champions once again." 

Ronny's record

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Ronny Deila, who previously led Stromsgodset to the Norwegian title, took over at Celtic after the departure of Neil Lennon in 2014.

He led Celtic to the league title, while they also lifted the Scottish League Cup, in his first season. On the downside, they lost to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in last season's Scottish Cup semi-final and to Ross County in this campaign's League Cup last four.

Deila's side also lost to Malmo in a play-off to reach the Champions League group stage before finishing bottom of their Europa League section.

Travel sickness

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Celtic's failings in Europe have undermined much of Ronny Deila's tenure at the club. It makes pretty grim reading...

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Deila statement

However, in a statement Deila announced that he will, in fact, be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.

He said: "It is vital that the club comes first and instead of me being the focus, hopefully now the team and the club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season. 

"It was an absolute privilege to be named manager of Celtic, such a wonderful football club, and I have enjoyed my time here immensely. I will never forget the welcome I received almost two years ago at Celtic Park from so many fans. 

"When I joined Celtic I knew I was coming to one of the world's great football clubs.

"There have been some great times and I am delighted that we have brought some trophies to the club. 

"I was delighted in my first year to bring our fans a League and Cup double and enjoy some European nights at Celtic Park, and I am pleased this season to be well in contention to win another Premiership title."

'I will never quit Celtic'

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As recently as February, the 40-year-old Norwegian told BBC Scotland that he would never quit as Celtic manager...

Deila announces summer departure

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is to leave the club at the end of the season. The Scottish champions may be on course to win a fifth consecutive league title but disappointing results in the domestic cups and in Europe have played a part in his exit.