CELTIC boss Ronny Deila saluted his players after the hard-fought 2-1 win over Hamilton at New Douglas Park.
It was the sixth time Celtic have played a league match following a midweek European game this season and so far they have a 100 per cent record.
By contrast, they won just one of their first five domestic matches last term which immediately followed games in the Champions League qualifiers and the Europa League group phase.Deila conceded his men made hard work of a victory which took the Hoops to just one point behind league leaders/crisis club Aberdeen.

He┬ásaid: “It was a very tough game. We started poorly and found ourselves 1-0 down, but we got back in and were very effective.

“It was one of the days where you just have to fight for the points and get through it. We have played so many games lately and a lot of players are tired and have issues they have to handle.

“I’m proud of the discipline and the character we showed to get back in the game and win. We were a bit lucky, but we have been very unlucky in other games.

“The Europa League is the hardest thing to be in. Last year we struggled when we came back and this year we have four games and 12 points so we are learning.

“Everyone talks about Celtic, that they have to win everything and they are so much bigger than everybody else.

“We say we should be the best, but I don’t think people understand how tough it is for clubs like this.

“You have to win every week, the players play for their national team and we play double the amount of matches as the others.

“They prepare for a week and we have a cup final here every time we come. We played two-and-a-half days ago and went straight into it.

“We have seven victories, two draws and a loss. That’s better than last year and we are going to get better and push on.”

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