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Celtic must prove their quality in Europe says Deila

By Ronnie Esplin

Boss Ronny Deila is looking for Europa League redemption rather than revenge when Celtic host Molde this evening.

A calamitous 3-1 defeat by the Norwegian outfit at the Aker Stadion a fortnight ago, following 2-2 draws against Fenerbahce and Ajax, left the Hoops bottom of Group A with two points from three games.

At the pre-match press conference at Celtic Park, Deila ruled out the suggestion he might be looking for revenge but admitted it was a "very important game to win to get through in the group".

The Norwegian, who revealed defender Jozo Simunovic was a doubt with a foot injury, said: "I don't think revenge is a good word. We want to step up and show everybody what we are capable of doing.

"We have done that all week and now we need to get the best out of ourselves on the pitch.

"We deserved more against Fenerbahce and I think we played well in Ajax, where we had control until we got a man sent off.

"The performance in Molde was way under our level and that is the most disappointing thing.

"We should have had more out of the other two matches but we need to perform at that level if we are going to beat Molde.

"It (qualification) could happen with a draw but a win puts us in a much better position."

Despite the desperate need for a win, Deila is confident his players will approach the game with a calmness.

"They know what they are playing for," said the former Stromsgodset boss. "They know what we want.

"Every game is like this. We have lost three out of 25 or something so far this season and the players know how to react to these things. We need to put in a good performance.

"They will try to hurt us on the break and defend very deep and compact. Every time we play there is a feeling of 'we have to win' and that is great.

"You could be at a club when you win a game and think that is fantastic and relax.

"But here it's in the culture that we want to win trophies, we want to do well in Europe."

Deila revealed that Simunovic picked up a foot knock against the Dons, while skipper Scott Brown is out for the third successive game.

He said: "Jozo has been tested. We are not sure yet if he is ready.

"Scott Brown is not going to play but everything looks good. He was running at training and should be ready after the international break."

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