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CELTIC 0 PSV EINDHOVEN 1

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RONNY DEILA was left with a double headache after watching Celtic lose to the Dutch league leaders in the opening Maspalomas Cup this afternoon.

Skipper Scott Brown lasted only two minutes before being forced off with a head injury.

And top scorer John Guidetti, who struggled to make any sort of impact, limped off holding his right thigh with 15 minutes to go.

The Hoops boss will hope his influential players make a speedy recovery in time for the rigours of crucial competitive football at home and abroad in the months to come.

It’s unlikely Deila will risk either against Sparta Prague in the second and final game in the Gran Canaria competition.

This one was settled in the 33rd minute when the hugely impressive Memphis Depay, rated by the Dutch outfit in the £20million-bracket, struck with a confidence that has deserted Guidetti at the moment.

Emilio Izaguirre was given a torrid time in the opening 45 minutes from the pacy Florian Jozefzoon as he continually left the Honduran in his slipstream as he burst forward.
He did so again when he set up the goal. The winger fired in a wicked cross which wasn’t dealt with properly by Virgil Van Dijk.
His weak header shot across goal and fell perfectly for Depay to lash an unstoppable 10-yarder high past Lukasz Zaluska.

PSV boss Phillip Cocu did Van Dijk and his central defensive partner Efe Ambrose a favour and left the lively frontman in the dressing room at the interval.

Deila can have no complaints about the result in a game that was played at a high tempo throughout.

Brown’s input lasted exactly four seconds beyond the secondminute mark when he went down after an accidental clash with Rai Vloet.

It didn’t look too serious, but, after a couple of minutes of treatment, it was obvious the skipper would be unable to continue.
Deila sent on Aleksandr Tonev, free to play in this fixture despite still serving a seven-game ban at home.
The Bulgarian winger almost made an immediate impact with a low drive from the edge of the box which was well held by the sprawling Remko Pasveer to his right.

In the 14th minute, Stefan Scepovic was also denied by the keeper when he flicked in a header from six yards after an inviting leftwing cross from Izaguirre.
Pasveer threw himself full-length to his left to push the ball to safety.

At this stage, the PSV players were going down like skittles around the penalty area and Nir Bitton was punished for a slight nudge on Vloet.

Zaluska flopped on the 20-yard free-kick as the first-half drew to a close.
And the Polish goalie was brought into action eight minutes after the turnaround with another diving save to his right.

A minute later, Jurgen Locadia should have scored a second from six yards, but managed to screw his shot wide of the upright.

Celtic, though, had an opportunity to level in the 56th minute when Liam Henderson zipped in a left-wing corner-kick.
Scepovic got the merest of touches at the near post and his header flashed beyond the keeper, but was hastily booted off the line by a desperate defender.

A couple of minutes later the Dutch hit the crossbar when an effort from 20 yards got a touch off Van Dijk to soar past the helpless Zaluska before thudding against the woodwork. Leigh Griffiths came on for Scepovic on the hour mark and six minutes later the substitute squandered a great chance to level the tie.

Guidetti sent Griffiths through with a neat pass, but the frontman hurried his final effort and blasted the ball against the outrushing shotstopper.

A bit of guile and poise would undoubtedly have produced a better dividend.

Three minutes later, Pasveer denied Celtic again twice in a matter of seconds.

Griffiths set up a chance for Callum McGregor six yards out and he tried to place the ball wide of the keeper on the right.

The Dutch No.1 managed to block the ball and stage an action replay when McGregor walloped in the rebound.
Guidetti, who hadn’t scored in six first team appearances going into this game, limped off in the 75th minute with Joe Thomson taking his place.

The Swede looks a pale shadow of the lethal frontman who had some overly-enthusiastic fans making vaguely-absurd comparisons with his fellow-countryman Henrik Larsson not so long ago.
His injury will be a problem for Deila, but so, too, will his obvious lack of self-belief in and around the penalty box.

TEAM: Zaluska; Fischer, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; McGregor (sub: Nesbitt 72), Brown (sub: Tonev 2), Bitton (sub: Lindsay 82), Henderson; Scepovic (sub: Griffiths 60); Guidetti (sub: Thomson 75).

 
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