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14 May 2016
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Ronny Deila to broaden his horizons after Celtic exit

Ronny Deila will use his spare time following his Celtic exit to study Europe's top clubs as he looks to rethink his football philosophies.

The Norwegian is preparing to return to his homeland after two roller-coaster years in Scotland.

The 40-year-old will bow out following Sunday's final Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Motherwell but, before he waves goodbye, he will get the chance to hoist aloft his second top-flight trophy as the Hoops celebrate five in a row.

However, Deila acknowledges he should have added more to the Parkhead trophy cabinet than two league triumphs and last year's League Cup success.

The former Stromsgodset boss found the pace of life in Scotland unrelenting but, now that he is heading for an extended break, he revealed he wants to put the time to good use.

He said: "First I'm going to have a vacation. Then if I haven't start working [as a manager] I will work in television. That is very easy.

"Maybe I will do some speeches for some companies and I will go around and [have a look at other clubs]. I have a lot of contacts now so I will go and watch and talk with the best ones.

"I will try to develop myself and try to get new ideas. It is hard to get new ideas here in Scotland and I think it is a problem for Scottish football.

"There are so many games and it just goes on all the time. You don't have time to go and watch what is going on around you. You don't have time to go outside of Scotland and see what is happening elsewhere.

"That is an important thing to do if you want to get new ideas on how to approach the game."

As he turns his thoughts to his next challenge, though, Delia insists he will have no issue kick-starting his coaching career in less intense surroundings than Glasgow.

Asked if he would find it a struggle moving onto a smaller club, he replied: "No, because I'm not a trophy hunter. I like to win things of course but I love to work with people, to develop them.

"If I coach an Under-14 team, a third division team, if I coach Celtic or Barcelona it all feels the same.

"Of course the challenge is much bigger here and the result pressure, the media and the supporters make it unbelievably tough but what is happening on the pitch is the same and that's why I do it, because I love teaching."

Top scorer Leigh Griffiths will not get the chance to add to his 40-goal tally as suspension rules him out of the final game.

Motherwell winger Marvin Johnson admits he was not sure about the sound of Mark McGhee's approach when the manager first returned to Fir Park.

But Johnson is a total convert after feeling their tactics and fitness have been transformed.

McGhee has led Motherwell to a fifth-placed finish after taking over a team lacking in confidence in October and they travel to Celtic Park looking for a second away win over the champions.

Johnson said: "When he first came in a lot of lads didn't know him and didn't know what to expect. We started hearing double sessions and running every week and we thought 'what's going on here?'

"Not a lot of lads agreed with it but after six weeks we played Celtic and in games after that you could see the work he did with us paid off a lot and got us gelling as a team and working hard for the whole 90 minutes.

"When we started the season we had a basic 4-4-2 and didn't really have a plan B. Now it looks like we are a Motherwell side that goes out there knowing what we are doing and we know what we need to do if we have to change it."

Johnson has been one of the key beneficiaries of McGhee's approach, revelling in the freedom afforded by his place in a three-pronged attack.

"It's not a case of playing on the left and just going up and down, or playing on the right and just going up and down, the gaffer has said: 'You three up there just go wherever you like and just make sure you fill in whatever side you are on'," the 25-year-old said.

"It's good, it's almost like a free role and you have the freedom to just go and get the ball and no-one can really pick you up or mark you.

"They don't know where you are going to go, and by the time you get the ball they can't communicate quick enough to reorganise."

Left-back Steven Hammell is struggling with a knock while skipper Keith Lasley is suspended.


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