Celtic in desperate need of win to revive Europa League hopes

Ronny Deila wants redemption after disappointing 3-1 loss to Molde in Norway

“The performance in Molde was way under our level and that is the most disappointing thing,” said Celtic manager Ronny Deila. Photograph:  Graham Stuart/Reuters

“The performance in Molde was way under our level and that is the most disappointing thing,” said Celtic manager Ronny Deila. Photograph: Graham Stuart/Reuters

 

Ronny Deila is looking for Europa League redemption rather than revenge when Celtic host Molde this evening.

A calamitous 3-1 defeat by the Norwegian outfit at the Aker Stadion a fortnight ago, following 2-2 draws against Fenerbahce and Ajax, left the Glasgow bottom of Group A.

The Norwegian, 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.

“We deserved more against Fenerbahce and I think we played well down in Ajax, where we had control until we got a man 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. It [qualification] could happen with a draw as well, but it puts us in a much better position if we win.”

Despite the desperate need for a win, Deila is confident his players will approach the game with a calmness.

“They know what they are playing for,” said the former Stromsgodset boss. “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.”

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