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The Story Ofandhellip; The Ronny Roar

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'The Story Of' is a web series dedicated to small but special tales from Celtic’s illustrious history. Here, we recall Ronny’s signature celebration with the fans.

EX-CELTIC manager Ronny Deila will be remembered on paper for his integral role in nine in-a-row – the Norwegian having returned the league championship to Paradise twice during his two-year spell at the club. In person, however, he’ll be remembered for the Ronnie Roar.

Replacing Neil Lennon was never going to be easy, given how successful the Irishman had been during his first stretch as boss, and it took Deila a few months to find his stride in league competition. After a dazzling 6-1 home win over Dundee United on August 16, 2014, the Hoops lost 1-0 at Inverness Caley the following week before drawing 1-1 against Dundee at Dens Park the week after that.

A few weeks on, an unforeseen 1-1 home draw with Motherwell followed, and a shock 1-0 home defeat to Hamilton underlined Deila’s tumultuous start in the dugout. Straight league wins against Ross County, Kilmarnock and ICT set up an encounter with an on-form Aberdeen at Pittodrie on November 9, and a late Virgil Van Dijk goal marked a great win, a well-earned three points and a sense that Deila had turned a corner as Celtic manager.  

Buoyed by his team’s performance and the last-gasp nature of the win, Ronny celebrated fervently, punching the air in a rhythm matched with cheers from the travelling support. And thus, the Ronny Roar was born.

“It was a very good feeling,” Deila told the Celtic View magazine after the Pittodrie win. “It was a very tough game because we had played in Romania in Europe on Thursday and had a lot of travelling. We have played seven matches in three-and-a-half weeks now and to win the way we did was just a fantastic moment. It was a great victory.

“We could have lost our heads when we got one man sent off but we remained disciplined and fought for each other and then we got the goal as well. It was brilliant.

“We also did it in front of our supporters who are so good home and away, especially away – it’s unbelievable how many of them travel to all the games. To get that moment together with the fans and the players was fantastic. I’m a very emotional guy. I try to stay calm, of course, but it was hard to keep the emotions inside when something like that happens. It was good.

“It’s also important that we have a very close relationship between the fans, players and staff.  We have to feel this togetherness with the fans. It was a fantastic moment.

“Without fans, football is dead. We play football for the fans and it’s important to have that togetherness and Celtic, in my opinion, maybe have the best fans in the world.”

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