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Celtic steeled for revenge assignment at Motherwell

By Ronnie Esplin

Ronny Deila is looking for revenge when Celtic travel to struggling Motherwell today.

The Steelmen deprived the Premiership leaders of two points in a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Parkhead in September and the Hoops ended the day five points adrift of leaders Dundee United, with fingers pointing at their Norwegian boss.

Celtic have slowly battled back and eased three points clear of Inverness with a narrow but deserved 1-0 win over Partick on Wednesday night.

Motherwell, on the other hand, have struggled since their encouraging point at Celtic Park and are facing a relegation battle.

However, the Hoops manager is keen to make sure his side take all the points this time to make it seven successive league wins.

"We go into every game to win and we know we can win every game in the league if we are on top form," said Deila.

"I think it is going to be the same type of game as it was against Thistle.

"We will have a lot of the ball and it will be hard to break them down so we need movement and tempo to open them up.

"The first-half was poor against Motherwell the last time but we were better in the second half.

"However, that we didn't win that game is something to avenge.

"We need to be at another level than we were then to get the three points because it is harder to play away than at home.

"But we are at another level now and enjoying every game."

While midfielder Charlie Mulgrew misses out with a knee injury sustained against Partick in midweek, Deila will have Aleksandar Tonev available after the Bulgarian learned that he has to wait to see if his appeal against a race row ban will be successful.

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