Sunday 23 October 2016

Deila looking forward after Celtic salvage some pride

Goalscorer Kris Commons (c) celebrates with teammates
Goalscorer Kris Commons (c) celebrates with teammates

A Kris Commons equalising header helped Celtic regain some pride in their doomed Europa League campaign against Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium but once again the Hoops were scarred by another self-inflicted wound in a 1-1 draw.

The Parkhead club had travelled to Turkey for the first time guaranteed to finish bottom of Group A after taking just two points from five fixtures.

A howler in the 39th minute by keeper Craig Gordon allowed winger Lazar Markovic to score.

But the game changed in the 67th minute when Fenerbahce midfielder Diego, booked early in the first-half after an altercation with Hoops midfielder Stefan Johansen, was shown a straight red by Belgian referee Serge Gumienny for a kick at the Norwegian.

Moments after replacing Scott Allan in the 73rd minute, Commons headed in a Mikael Lustig cross for the point which takes Fenerbahce into the knockout stages with Molde and offered some hope next season for Celtic.

After the game, Celtic manager Ronny Deila said he was confident of keeping his job despite a disappointing campaign.

"I am enjoying the job and there are a lot of domestic things we want to achieve and be ready for next year," he said. "It's a good result, they are a good team."

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