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A cynic might even look at the timing of yesterday's announcement and wonder if this was an attempt to do what is in Deila's best interests or a ploy to take the heat out of protests which are being planned by disenfranchised fans this weekend.
Deila claimed contract talks with the playmaker were at an advanced stage after yesterday's 5-0 win at Ross County.
Celtic ended up winning the title by 15 points in Deila's second and final season but Aberdeen were breathing down their necks.
Mathematically, though, Deila and his troops would not go over the line.
And it was announced on Wednesday that Deila would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Now Deila believes the 25-year-old's time has come on the international stage.
Deila's side moved six points clear in the Scottish Premiership after Scott Brown's early double helped put them 3-1 up inside 18 minutes.
Deila guided Stromsgodset to their first title in 43 years last season and won the Norwegian Cup in 2010.
Celtic Now boss of Valerenga, always affect some You feel Deila sat at his team's Valhall Arena Training Centre and reflected on the fact holding the top job at Parkhead will forever be a changing point both professionally and personally.
However, with a current goal-difference advantage of 36, Deila insists it'll be job done with a win in Gorgie.
But gaffer Deila insists that by crashing out of the competition he'll have more time to improve his players on the training pitch.