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  • Manager's disappointment as defensive lapses prove costly

    Manager's disappointment as defensive lapses prove costly

    By: Mark Henderson on 12 Aug, 2015 22:30

  • RONNY Deila was disappointed by his side’s defending after Celtic could only manage a share of the spoils against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

    Leigh Griffiths’ cool finish gave the Hoops an early lead in Ayrshire but they were unable to add to their tally despite fashioning countless chances.

    On the stroke of half-time, they were made to pay for their profligacy as Josh Magennis restored parity for the home side.

    A wonder-strike from Nir Bitton deservedly restored Celtic’s advantage in the second period and the visitors looked to be cruising to another three points until two minutes from time when Emilio Izaguirre caught Darryl Westlake in the box.

    That allowed Kallum Higginbotham to convert from the spot and seal the hosts’ first point of the season.
    And the manager will be demanding his charges return to their normal high standards on Saturday when Inverness Caley Thistle are the visitors in Paradise.

    He said: “I was disappointed by the result. We had a lot of chances and we should have scored more goals.

    “I was very disappointed that we were sloppy defensively. We were sloppy against Partick Thistle in the second half and we continued that tonight and we got punished in the end.

    “They had four or five chances against us and that’s more than the other teams have had for maybe 10 games. So we deserve to get punished when we don’t score goals and are so sloppy.

    “We should have scored more goals as well, but everything starts with a good defence and that’s why we have had so many good results in the second half of last season.

    “We have been very good defensively for a long time so hopefully this is a one-off game and we are back on track on Saturday.”

    Kris Commons had to leave the fray early in the contest but there was a more positive prognosis on his injury, while there were no fresh concerns over Nir Bitton and James Forrest who also exited the fray before full time.

    The Hoops boss added: “Commons got a dead leg and couldn’t move so it shouldn’t be a big thing and Bitton was feeling his knee a bit, but I don’t think it was anything serious. We took James off so he could maybe take part again on Saturday.”

     

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