Maloney: Next Celtic boss must be a stronger character than Deila

Former Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney believes the next Celtic manager needs to have a stronger personality and possess more leadership qualities than current boss, Ronny Deila.

Commenting on the way Celtic let Aberdeen back into the match after going 3-0 up last weekend, Maloney said to the Glasgow Evening Times, that it wouldn’t have happened under previous managers who had a stronger mentality:

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“Under previous managers, when it went to 3-0 you always looked for four or five. In fairness to Aberdeen, it got to 3-1 and the whole intensity of the game changed. Aberdeen were on the front foot, Celtic took that step back.”

“Those managers (Martin O’Neill, Gordon Strachan and Neil 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.”

Despite having to hold on to a 3-2 win over Aberdeen, Ronny Deila’s side needed only a draw against the Dons to seal their fifth consecutive league title.

They will now go into their last two matches of the campaign with a 12 point advantage over their nearest rivals, losing only three games all season in the league.

Deila will be departing the club at the end of the season with Roy Keane, Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes and former boss Neil Lennon favourites to replace the Norwegian in the hot seat at Celtic Park according to the bookmakers.