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Saturday 3 December 2016

Celtic manager Ronny Deila: We're beginning to find our feet at last

Hamilton 1 Celtic 2

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (middle) celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with teammates during the Scottish Premiership match at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (middle) celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with teammates during the Scottish Premiership match at New Douglas Park, Hamilton

Celtic manager Ronny Deila hailed his players’ fight and character after they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Hamilton.

Some poor defending from Dedryck Boyata allowed Gramoz Kurtaj to hit a fourth-minute opener, but the Belgian defender atoned when he volleyed home a Leigh Griffiths free-kick in the 26th minute.

And Griffiths got above Ziggy Gordon to head home Saidy Janko’s cross six minutes later to move Celtic a point behind Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Aberdeen.

Deila said: “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. So 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. Hearts should have been 4-0 and we should have beaten Kilmarnock.”

Deila was proud of the way his side recovered from Thursday’s Europa League draw with Fenerbahce to make it four league wins from four following their European games this season.

“Europa League is the hardest thing to be in,” he said. “Last year we struggled when we came back and this year we have four games and 12 points. So we are learning.”

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