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Kris Commons dismisses Celtic boss Ronny Deila's 'scared' claim

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Published 27/08/2015

Kris Commons has denied Ronny Deila's claims that Celtic played with fear when crashing out of the Champions League to Malmo.
Kris Commons has denied Ronny Deila's claims that Celtic played with fear when crashing out of the Champions League to Malmo.

Kris Commons has denied Ronny Deila's claims that Celtic played with fear when crashing out of the Champions League to Malmo.

The Hoops' 2-0 defeat at the raucous Swedbank Stadion on Tuesday sent the home side through 4-3 on aggregate with the Parkhead manager surprising many by describing his side as "scared".

Celtic's Norwegian coach Ronny Deila watches play during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Celtic's Norwegian coach Ronny Deila watches play during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Celtic's Kris Commons controls the ball during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Malmo's Jo Inge Berget, left, fights for the ball with Celtic's Saidy Janko during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Celtic's goal keeper Graig Gordon in action during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Celtic's Stuart Armstrong controls the ball during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Celtic's forward Leigh Griffiths reacts after a missed chance during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg football match between Malmo FF and Celtic FC at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, on August 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO /TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Malmo's forward Markus Rosenberg (L) and Felipe Carvalho celebrate the 2-0 goal during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg football match between Malmo FF and Celtic FC at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, on August 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO /TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Malmo's Nikola Djurdjic, left, and Markus Rosenberg celebrate after Rosenberg scored the opening goal during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP)
Malmo's Markus Rosenberg, top, center, heads the ball to score the opening goal past Celtics goal keeper Craig Gordon, right, and Celtics Scott Brown (8) during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP)
Malmo's Nikola Djurdjic, left, vies for the ball with Celtic's Dedryck Boyata, during the Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic FC, at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP)
Malmo FF's Nikola Djurdjic, left, fights for the ball with Celtics Nir Bitton during the Champions LeagueChampions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Andreas Hillergren/TT via AP)
Celtic's Norwegian head coach Ronny Deila reacts during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg football match between Malmo FF and Celtic FC at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, on August 25, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Serbian referee Milorad Mazic (R) discusses with Malmo's forward Markus Rosenberg during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg football match between Malmo FF and Celtic FC at Malmo New Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, on August 25, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

But Commons, who replaced Stuart Armstrong for the start of the second half with Celtic trailing 1-0 and having had a goal by Nir Bitton controversially chalked off, was at odds with the Norwegian as to the reasons for the defeat.

"I wouldn't say it was fear," Commons said.

"I don't think we played with fear. When you've just got the one goal you're thinking that if you can get a clean sheet or draw then you're through, so it's a completely different outlook.

"They came into the game knowing that they needed a goal, whereas we were trying to do just enough to keep a clean sheet.

"But if we had come in at half-time at 1-1, when we scored from a corner, then it puts a completely different complexion on the game. But it wasn't to be.

"I think it's a stressful night because you know what's waiting for you if you get through, but coming here with a one-goal lead put a big importance on the first goal.

"It wasn't to be. They took their chances and certainly put us under pressure."

And defender Virgil van Dijk admitted uncertainty about his immediate future following their Champions League failure.

"I'm not looking for anything. It's a great place to be and they gave me an opportunity to show myself, so I'm very thankful for that," he said.

"But if the right opportunity comes and it's the right opportunity for me then I'll consider it. But I think that's what any player would do."

Belfast Telegraph

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