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  • Manager upbeat despite PSV defeat

    Manager upbeat despite PSV defeat

    By: Martin Dalziel in Gran Canaria on 10 Jan, 2015 16:41

  • CELTIC manager Ronny Deila was upbeat about his team’s performance against PSV today (Saturday) despite watching his side slip to a 1-0 defeat.

    The Bhoys took on the Eredivisie team in their opening match of the Maspalomas Tournament and battled well after going behind on the half hour mark, courtesy of Memphis Depay’s back post volley.

    A dry and sandy surface saw the Hoops find it difficult to get into their stride but they performed well in the second half and created chances, despite making a number of substitutions.

    Youngsters Aidan Nesbitt and Joe Thomson made their first team bow as second half replacements for Callum McGregor and John Guidetti and Lukasz Zaluska made a string of fine saves to keep the Celts in the game in the absence of Craig Gordon.

    The manager said the score would be insignificant before the game and he maintained that stance afterwards having seen his side control large parts of the tie but fail to find the net.

    He said: “I think it was quite an even game. We played a good opponent and that’s why we’ve come here.

    “It was even in possession and chances but we got something out of it. The pitch wasn’t the best but that was the same for PSV.

    “It was a bit of a messy game and we had to fight hard to get the ball back when we lost it so it was a test for a lot of players.

    “PSV are a good team. They’re very offensive but we coped well with it. We didn’t have the final quality to win the game but we got what we wanted out of it.”

    The Celtic boss praised the youngsters he introduced to the game for their second half performance, including midfielder Jamie Lindsay, and added that he hopes to bring in some more fresh legs for Tuesday’s tie against Sparta Prague.

    He added: “Aidan and Joe made their debuts and Jamie Lindsay also got some minutes. It’s good for them to have done that and hopefully they’ll get motivation from having that chance.

    “We’ll have a few more calm days where we can use some of the other players.

    “It was dry and not the best but we got a game and we didn’t have any major injuries. We played against a good team and that’s why we came here so I’m happy with that.”

    The Hoops manager also provided reassurances over the condition of Celtic captain Scott Brown who was substituted early on after taking a knock.

    He added: “It was is just a cut. A couple of stitches and hopefully he’ll be back next weekend.”

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