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 ‘IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH,’ DEILA

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RONNY DEILA expects to get it tough against Qarabag, of Azerbaijan, in the next stage of the Champions League qualifying campaign when they arrive in Glasgow next week.
The Celtic boss said: “It will be a totally different game, but the main thing tonight was to get through and we managed that.
“I’ve seen Qarabag play once and they were better than the Montenegrin team, so they are good opponents.
“They have some Brazilian players as well. It’s going to be an interesting game.”
Deila reflected on the 4-1 win over Stjarnan in Iceland for a 6-1 aggregate triumph and said: “The second-half was much better than the first.
“We started sloppily and we didn’t achieve the tempo we wanted. But, in the end, we made our chances, we scored four goals and, of course, I was happy to go through.
“It was hard to judge what sort of performance this was. It was a sticky pitch and very different to what we are used to in Scotland. It didn’t help that it wasn’t watered and the players had to take extra touches.
“But we are through and another good thing is that we do not have any injuries.”
The Hoops boss also defended the fitness of Nadir Ciftci, banned for the first six league games of the season.
Deila said: “He plays one game every week and it’s good. We have a lot of training in between, so we will get him fit, no problem.
“This is not a project for one week, it’s a project for a month.”
Ciftci was taken off late in the game, but has yet to score his first goal for the club despite four appearances since his £1.3million arrival from Dundee United. 

 
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