Deila happy with Celtic’s performance


Celtic manager Ronny Deila was happy with Celtic’s 1-0 win over Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik in his first competitive match in charge.

Despite dominating possession, Celtic struggled to break through defence of their hosts and it took a goal from Callum McGregor in the 84th minute to give Celtic a valuable away win.

Speaking after the match, Deila said: “I am happy that we won the game but most happy with the performance. I love to win and I am here to win but I need performances. I want to win in a certain way as well.

“Today was a step forward in the way we want to play and that is what I am most happy about. We deserved it, we deserved more. I am getting energy out of this, I like what I saw in the second half.”

On the goalscorer, Deila was impressed with McGregor but also looked for more from the 21-year-old, he added: “I think he did well in his debut, in an important match like this. He has big talent but I want him to be more direct, go forward more and link up more with the full-back. But that will come and I am very happy for him that he scored a goal.”

McGregor, who had a successful loan spell at Notts County last season, was thrilled to open his account for Celtic.

Deila’s opposite number Runar Kristinsson was down heartened but felt the result was fair, he said: “It was a bit disappointing but I think it was a fair result. It is still alive, 1-0 is nothing in football. It is going to be very difficult but, if we can defend well and go to Scotland with a good attitude, we believe we can do something there, at least give them another game, because I think we did that today.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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