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Fenerbahce 1-1 Celtic

By Andy Sims

Published 11/12/2015

On the mark: Celtic’s Kris Commons (left) celebrates his equaliser with Tom Rogic
On the mark: Celtic’s Kris Commons (left) celebrates his equaliser with Tom Rogic

Ronny Deila claims Celtic proved they can make an impact in Europe in their 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

The Bhoys travelled to Turkey guaranteed to finish bottom of Group A after taking just two points from five fixtures, but they held their own in the first-half and only went behind in the 39th minute when goalkeeper Craig Gordon's howler allowed Lazar Markovic to score.

Fenerbahce midfielder Diego, booked early in the first-half after an altercation with Hoops midfielder Stefan Johansen, was shown a straight red in the 67th minute for a kick at the Norwegian, before substitute Kris Commons levelled with a header as the visitors finished strongly.

Hoops boss Deila was encouraged. He said: "They showed that we can get results. Fenerbahce are a very good football team.

"We have drawn 3-3 on aggregate against them and we were close with Ajax as well, a team that has been in the Champions League. They are big clubs.

"Against Molde, we did well but they showed they have been the best team in the group, but of course I have confidence in this group that we can do it.

"It is tough to come here. We met a very good team and I am very happy with getting a result away from home.

"I have confidence. There are small things that we want to do. My philosophy is not so different to what Fenerbahce or Ajax do.

"We conceded too many easy goals but we have scored goals, so it is small things that we have to be better at to get the results we want. Overall it was a good performance and a good result."

FENERBAHCE: Fabiano, Gönül, Ba, Bruno Alves, Ali Kaldirim, De Souza Dias, Topal, Diego, Markovic (Tufan 83), Viana de Santana (Erkin 86), Potuk.

Goal: Markovic 39 Sent off: Diego

Subs not used: Demirel, Zeybek, Ozbayrakli, Kadlec, Civelek.

CELTIC: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney, Bitton, Johansen, (Rogic 74), McGregor, Allan (Commons 74), Armstrong (Forrest 63), Ciftci.

Goal: Commons 75

Subs not used: Izaguirre, Ambrose, Mackay-Steven, Bailly.

Man of the match: Tierney.

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium).

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