Molde striker Ola Kamara has vowed to make it a miserable return for Norwegian duo Ronny Deila and Stefan Johansen when Celtic face the Tippeligaen outfit on Thursday in the Europa League.
Kamara’s career was kickstarted under Deila, who previously guided Stromsgodset to a shock title win in 2013, and played alongside Johansen during that season of success.
But the 26-year-old has warned though that will count for nothing when the sides do battle on Thursday.
“There will be extra motivation for the guys when Stefan comes. We don’t want him to come home and do well,” he said.
“The players will be competitive and he’s going to have a hard time.
“We know he is a great player so we need to try and take him out of the game. It will be the same for Nir Bitton.
“For the people of Norway this game is bigger than our first two matches with Ajax and Fenerbahce.
“In the media we always write about how Ronny and Stefan are doing in Scotland.
“Everybody is aware how well they are doing and how Celtic are doing so that’s why this is such an important game.
“I will catch up with both of them them after the game and hopefully I will be the one with a smile on my face.
“Ronny is a top guy and it will be nice to see him and Stefan but I’m not thinking about that just now.
“I’m just thinking about scoring goals and beating them.”
Kamara has been in impressive form for Molde, netting 14 goals in 26 league games and was on the scoresheet in the club’s 3-1 over Mjondalen at the weekend.
The striker is hugely grateful to Deila for his development which earned him a move to Austria Vienna and 1860 Munich.
“I spent four and a half year working under Ronny from him saving us from relegation when he took over to winning the championship.
“It was an amazing period of my career and he played a massive part in my development.
“He had such a big influence on me and winning the title was the highlight of my career.
“We were not supposed to win the league because all the other teams had more money. But we did.
“I haven’t worked with any coach as good as Ronny. He is brilliant at motivating young players.”