RONNY DELIA got his first taste what it is like at Celtic Park when there’s a capacity 60,000 crowd under the lights for European action as his magnificent Celtic side fought back to earn a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan in the Europa League last night. Afterwards the Celtic manager  said: ‘It was an unbelievable football match and an unbelievable atmosphere. I am so proud of the players.

‘We went two down early in the match, it is so hard to get back, especially against an Italian team, but we have talked about being brave, wanting the ball, trying to attack and that is why I am very proud because we caused them problems and got an result in the end. We wanted a better one and could have if we didn’t give them two easy goals.”

Ronny wasn’t about to blame the luckless Craig Gordon who chose last night to prove he is human after all: “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. We would have a Thursday off. He was unlucky. The fans called his name and I appreciated that.”

John Guidetti was well known to Inter’s manager Roberto Mancini as he coached the young Swede while at Manchester City. He must have looked on anxiously as  Guidetti took to the field in the 75th minute to replace the exhausted Leigh Griffiths. Guidetti’s much discussed goal draught had to come to an end – just like Gordon’s error free goalkeeping.

Speaking of Guidetti’s superb 90th minute equaliser, Ronny had this to say:  ‘I said early in the week that he was in good focus and he trained well and when you train well you get the results. He played well when he came on and got a good goal as well.’

Now Celtic look towards the second leg and they know they can hurt the Inter defence. Delia: “It is going to every tough. We will need a bit of luck and to put in the best performance of my time here.

“But possible and we are looking forward to it. I believe we can score in the San Siro but we have to better defensively.”

Inter may fret more than Celtic in the days ahead. We go to Milan to play football, the Glasgow Celtic way. EL_CELTIC_INTER_0596EL_CELTIC_INTER_0652EL_CELTIC_INTER_0513EL_CELTIC_INTER_0494EL_CELTIC_INTER_0611EL_CELTIC_INTER_0497


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