Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Deila's focused after Euro reprieve

Second chance: Ronny Deila and Celtic are back in Europe
Second chance: Ronny Deila and Celtic are back in Europe

Ronny Deila admits Celtic's dramatic reinstatement in the Champions League despite losing 6-1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round has left him feeling "very strange."

Uefa awarded the Scottish champions a default 3-0 win in the second leg of the tie after it was discovered that the Polish club fielded Bartosz Bereszynski near the end of the 2-0 second-leg win at Murrayfield on Wednesday night while he was supposed to be suspended.

Celtic went through on away goals after a 4-4 draw and now face Slovenian side Maribor in the Champions League play-off.

Deila said: "It is very strange, I have to say that. First of all I feel very sorry for Legia. It is tough to think of that and now we are in the Champions League.

"That is what Uefa said, we haven't been involved in anything.

"I am a football manager and I have to go with it and now we are preparing for Maribor."

Deila swerved a question about him possibly feeling embarrassed by the extraordinary circumstances in which his side were handed a reprieve.

The former Stromsgodset manager said: "This is nothing to do with Celtic. It is about Uefa. It is a club thing and a Uefa thing."

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