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DEILA: ‘TIME TO STEP UP,’ AND EASE THE CRISIS

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RONNY DEILA has admitted Celtic are NOT looking for Europa League revenge against Molde at Parkhead tonight.
After the dreadful 3-1 defeat in Norway a fortnight ago – following 2-2 draws against Ajax and Fenerbahce – the Hoops are bottom of Group A with only two points.However, the Norwegian ruled out the suggestion he might be looking for retribution in Glasgow, but admitted it was a “very important game to win to get through in the group”.

Deila, who revealed defender Jozo Simunovic was a doubt with a foot injury, said: “I don’t think revenge is a good word.

“We want to step up and show everybody what we are capable of doing.vegard-forren-goal-celeb-molde-celtic-uefa-europa-league_3367198

“We have done that the whole week and now we need to get the best out of ourselves on the pitch.

“We deserved more against Fenerbahce and I think we played well in Amsterdam, where we had control until we got a man (Emilio Izaguirre) sent off.

“The performance in Molde was way under our level and that is the most disappointing thing.

“We should have had more out of the other two matches, but we need to perform at that level if we are going to beat Molde.

“Qualification could happen with a draw as well, but, of course, it puts us in a much better position if we win.

 “My players know what we are playing for and they know what we want.

“Every game is like this. We have lost three out of 25 or something so far this season and the players know how to react to these things.

“We need to put in a good performance. We need to be very clear in how we want to attack and want to defend and then we know that we have the skills to win the game.

“I expect the same as it was in Norway. They are a very hard-working team, a team which has played together for a long time with a consistency in culture and style of play.Dw5Ck-rAPbrXyLynRljgOY9aoHlxQsmg1DN3PXBq7o0

“They will try to hurt us on the break and defend very deep and compact. Every time we play there is a feeling of ‘we have to win’ and that is great.

“You could be at a club when you win a game and think that is fantastic and relax for a couple of weeks.

“But here it’s in the culture that we want to win trophies, we want to do well in Europe. It’s a fantastic journey and I really love it.

 “I’m very pleased. We have shown many times that after a bad result we have bounced back.

“The three performances after Molde have been very good. We’ve scored a lot of goals and also defensively we’ve been much better.”

 Deila revealed that Simunovic sustained a foot knock in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen, while skipper Scott Brown is out for the third successive game.

The Hoops gaffer added: “Jozo has been tested. We are not sure yet if he is ready, but he has a chance.

“He got a knock in the last tackle he had and he has some pain in his foot, but it’s getting better every day so we have a hope that he will be ready.”Scott Brown is not going to play, but everything looks good. He was running at training today and should be ready after the international break.”

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