Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila celebrated the first ever MLS Cup win for New York City FC, as he lifted the trophy while wearing just his underwear!
But the Norwegian was just keeping a promise he made to the club’s supporters club Third Rail SC.
Ahead of his first as New York City FC head coach, in 2020, Ronny Deila promised to strip to his underwear if he managed to bring silverware to the blue side of the Big Apple for the first time in the club’s seven-year history as a football club – as he had when he helped Strømsgodset avoid relegation earlier in his career.
A narrow final win over Portland Timbers on penalty kicks saw NYC FC win the MLS Cup 2021, and Deila kept good to his word during celebrations at Providence Park, removing his clothing before lifting the cup and doing some push-ups in the freezing cold!
A promise kept ✅ pic.twitter.com/uhmwGNduof
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) December 12, 2021
In only their seventh MLS season, the 46-year-old led NYC FC to the Eastern Conference’s No. 4 seed, before navigating the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs with three upsets – and Deila made sure it was unforgettable.
“You have to celebrate victories and today was a big victory. I said maybe too much when I got hired here, but I don’t regret that. It was a big moment and I will do it again if we keep winning trophies.”
Ronny Deila spent two years as Celtic manager between 2014 and 2016.