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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Deila confident Celtic can deal with Inter

Celtic manager Ronny Deila
Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila returned from a spying mission to the San Siro with increased confidence ahead of Celtic's Europa League last-32 clash with Inter Milan.

The Hoops boss watched Roberto Mancini's side quell supporters' unrest with a 3-0 win over Palermo on Sunday, the home's side first Serie A victory in a month.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for tonight's Scottish Premiership clash with Partick Thistle at Firhill, the Norwegian revealed midfielder Kris Commons' grade one hamstring tear leaves him a doubt for the first leg at Parkhead tomorrow week.

Right-back Mikael Lustig is definitely out with an ankle injury which could see him sidelined for a month.

However, Deila believes his in-form side, who have not lost a game or a goal in their last seven outings, have nothing to fear against Inter, who sit 10th in their league.

"They (Inter) are a good team, a big club, with many good players," he said. "But after the game I sat with a good feeling. I saw that they are a good team. But we are good as well.

"We can beat Inter Milan. We have a chance. We are in good shape. We have a very good squad and we look forward to the game.

"Mancini has not been that long in the club, it takes time to adapt and get together.

"You can see that they are not getting 100 per cent out of the players they have at this time.

"The results in the league haven't been what they expected. The fans weren't against them but it was quiet.

But still they are a good team. However, we have done it before and we can do it again."

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