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  • Manager's pride following stunning home victory

    Manager's pride following stunning home victory

    By: Martin Dalziel on 16 Aug, 2014 18:01

  • CELTIC manager Ronny Deila was left feeling 'proud and happy' following his first match at Celtic Park after the Hoops registered a resounding 6-1 victory over Dundee United.

    The Norwegian was delighted to get off to a winning start at home and was pleased to see his side put in an impressive performance in front of an expectant crowd.

    He told the official Celtic website: “I’m into performances. That’s what it’s all about and today it was a very good performance.

    “The first 60 minutes were good with good pressing and transition. The passing was quicker and we created a lot of things.

    “We kept the ball very well and also our set-plays were good. We focused on that and we had three goals from set-plays so I’m happy and proud today.”

    Celtic scored six goals from five different players across defence, midfield and attack and the manager was pleased to see a good team performance.

    He added: “The players are happy. We win together and we lose together but as I said, we need to work on our performances.

    “When we have a good performance we know we have the best players in this league and we showed that today.

    "We are a very good team with a lot of good individual players but we also look like a collective team now that understands what they’re going to do, so it was a good feeling for me and I think the fans were enjoying it too.

    “We showed we were the better team and played well over the course. We can score more and go 90 minutes instead of 60 minutes.

    “We have to use every minute to get better. The last 10 minutes or 15 minutes were sleepy but I can understand that.”

    Despite the victory the manager was left with concerns over a number of injuries to key players in the squad.

    Substitute James Forrest pulled up near the end of the match and full-back Adam Matthews was also replaced by Efe Ambrose before the match started.

    The Celtic boss said: “I don’t know about James yet but that was a negative. I hope it’s not serious but it didn’t seem very good when he walked off the pitch. We’ll see how he is for Wednesday but I think he’ll miss it.

    “Stefan Johansen’s substitution was just tactical to spare him energy. He has played everything along with Callum McGregor and he needs rest while Beram Kayal needs to play.

    “With Matthews it was something with his calf so we had a switch before. Efe Ambrose played well as a full-back so we’ll see how that is.”

    A final positive for the manager, however, was the warm reception he received at Paradise and the promising performance of his players, including Jo Inge Berget, who bagged two goals.

    He added: “I have seen Jo play very well before in Norway with the national team. He needs to work on the intensity of his play and he needs to sprint more and have more energy - today he showed that.

    “He was good on the ball too and got the goal at the end as well.

    “It was a fantastic experience at Celtic Park. I felt comfortable and prepared so it was a very good day.”

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