Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes that keeping a clean sheet in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Wednesday night at Parkhead could be key to the Glasgow side’s progression in the Champions League.
It took Celtic until the 82nd minute to break through Qarabag’s stubborn defensive line, as defender Dedryck Boyata headed home a Kris Commons corner.
Speaking after the match, Ronny Deila said: “It is hard to say if 1-0 will be enough. The game is not won yet. It was an even game. We had more chances than them, if they had one.
“I am very happy that we didn’t concede anything, we met a very good team who are hard to play against, so of course it makes it easier. It is vital.
“We are in a good position. If we score then they need three and that is a positive. First of all, we need a team over there. I think player for player we are a stronger team. I believe in my players. I think we are individually good and have strong qualities.
“We have speed in the team and hard-working players in midfield and are strong in defence. The two central defenders are class.
“They are also a good team, they have had the same coach for seven years working in the same system.
“They are relaxed and concentrated, so we need to put together a very good team performance if we are going to get through. We have a good chance with 1-0.”