Saturday 19 January 2019

Deila blames the media for Tonev situation

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Ronny Deila claims the media are making more of the race row involving Aleksandar Tonev than the Celtic squad.

Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny is looking into the allegation that the Bulgarian forward racially abused Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan during Saturday's Scottish Premiership fixture at Parkhead which the home side won 2-1.

After the game a Celtic spokesman responded by saying: "We have spoken to the player and he has stated that the accusation made is not true."

Hoops boss Deila, speaking at Salzburg's stadium in Austria before his multi-cultural squad trained ahead of their opening Europa League clash this evening, was asked about the Tonev situation.

"The journalists asked me earlier today and I couldn't remember what they were talking about," he said. "I don't think it is a problem. We have had a statement from the club about this and I trust my player. Of course I have spoken to him but we are finished with that now. He is concentrating on the game.

"I think it is much bigger in the media than inside the group."

"I can't understand the problem, they are coming with something against us, that the player said didn't happen and I really believe him. That's it finished."

Stand-in captain Charlie Mulgrew is out with a knee injury while winger James Forrest remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

In defence, Mikael Lustig is out with groin injury, Adam Matthews is missing with a calf injury while new loan signing from Manchester City John Guidetti has to drop out as he was not registered in time.

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