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Celtic boss Ronny Deila raises toast to his troops after nervy victory

Celtic 2-0 Raith Rovers

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 24/09/2015

Cock-a-hoop: Celtic’s Kris Commons celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven
Cock-a-hoop: Celtic’s Kris Commons celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven

Ronny Deila admitted Raith gave him a few nervy moments in their Scottish League Cup third-round clash before Stefan Johansen's late strike sealed Celtic's 2-0 win at Parkhead.

Midfielder Kris Commons gave a much-changed home side the lead over the Ladbrokes Championship outfit in the 32nd minute with a stunning 20-yard drive.

However, the cup holders huffed and puffed and survived a few late scares before Johansen's 87th-minute clincher put them into the quarter-final draw next Monday. The Hoops boss said: "I am always a little bit worried. You never know in football and the cup is always like that.

"When it is 1-0 anything can happen but I think we were in good control and it was good that we got the second goal.

"When you meet a team from a lower division it is always difficult because they gave 110 per cent and sometimes it is easy to get a bit lazy, if I can say that.

"But I think our players worked really hard for 90 minutes. We kept the pressure on all the time and could have scored more. We kept another clean sheet which is very important.

"But every team can get one chance and they (Rovers) should get credit for hard work and defending very well. But I am happy with the win and we deserved it.

Deila insisted he was "not at all" disappointed that there would be no cup clash with traditional rivals Rangers again this season and when informed of table-topping Aberdeen's 2-0 shock defeat against Championship side Hibernian, he said: "I think it shows how difficult it is.

"It is nothing new, you never take anything for granted in football.

"My players were professional and did the job very well."

josH Magennis bagged a double for Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup last night, but it was not enough to prevent Hearts from running out 3-2 winners.

CELTIC: Gordon, Janko, Ambrose, Blackett, Tierney, Brown, Johansen, McGregor (Forrest 66), Commons (Rogic 66), Mackay-Steven, Ciftci (Nesbitt 89).

Goals: Commons 32, Johansen 87

Subs not used: Izaguirre, Stokes, Lustig, Bailly.

RAITH: Cuthbert, Thomson, Benedictus, Toshney, McKeown, Anderson (Megginson 75), Davidson (Daly 70), Matthews (McCord 79), Craigen, Wighton, Stewart. Subs not used: Petrie, Laidlaw, Ellis, Mackie.

Man of the match: Commons

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: John McKendrick

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