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Saturday 10 December 2016

Deila welcomes apology after tantrum

Celtic manager Ronny Deila
Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila has welcomed Kris Commons' apology following his tantrum after being substituted in Thursday night's 3-1 Europa League defeat against Molde in Norway.

The Hoops were 2-0 down when the midfielder reduced the deficit just after the break only for Mohamed Elyounoussi to restore the home side's lead moments later.

When Commons was replaced by Nadir Ciftci with 15 minutes to go his anger at the decision continued as he took his seat in the dugout and appeared to berate assistant boss John Collins.

Commons said: "I'd like to apologise for my reaction last night, something that should never be shown publicly on the field. I was very frustrated at how the night had gone. However, I did not handle this in the right way."

Deila was asked to comment on Commons' apology and said: "It is very important. I am happy with that, he came to me and that is very good.

"There is a lot of emotion on the pitch but you have to do it in the right situations.

"We have to have discipline and stay together and he understands that. He has apologised and we move on."

The defeat left Celtic bottom of Group A on two points after three fixtures.

The Norwegian side, top of the section with seven points, travel to Celtic Park on November 5, before the visit to Glasgow of Ajax and the Hoops' trip to Turkey to face Fenerbahce.

Deila's side host Dundee United in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow.

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