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Europa League: Celtic boss Ronny Deila confident about future as defeat turns up pressure

Celtic 1-2 Molde

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/11/2015

Rock bottom: A dejected Mikael Lustig walks off after defeat knowing Celtic face an uphill struggle to progress
Rock bottom: A dejected Mikael Lustig walks off after defeat knowing Celtic face an uphill struggle to progress

Ronny Deila remains confident of his Celtic future and the club's Europa League prospects despite last night's 2-1 home defeat by Molde keeping them bottom of Group A.

The Norwegian outfit clinched qualification with goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and skipper Daniel Hestad, either side of a Kris Commons leveller, with Bhoys midfielder Nir Bitton red carded in the second-half for a last man foul on Molde substitute Ola Kamara.

Deila's side have two points from four games and need to beat Ajax at home and Fenerbahce away to qualify, and will have Bitton and Stefan Johansen suspended for the visit of the Dutch side on November 26.

After yet another disappointing night in Europe - Deila has passed up on three chances to qualify for the Champions League since taking over from Neil Lennon in 2014 - the spotlight turns on the Norwegian again.

However, when asked if he was still confident that he would be given the time needed, he replied: "Yes, I am confident about that. We have done very well domestically. In Europe we haven't reached that level that we want but we are going to improve.

"I am not thinking about my position. I am going to work hard to turn this around and be ready for next year - and the last two Europa League games."

Ajax moved on to three points and Fenerbahce to five following their goalless draw in Amsterdam.

Celtic drew 2-2 with both clubs earlier in the campaign which gives Deila hope. He said: "Qualifying is realistic, of course. We have a draw against both teams before.

"Molde showed they are the best team in the group. We can beat Ajax here and we can beat Fenerbahce down there. We are going to fight to the end for those six points.

"It was individual mistakes again. We need to have much more character and pride.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Kieran Tierney of Celtic reacts following his team's 2-1 defeat during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Kieran Tierney of Celtic reacts following his team's 2-1 defeat during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: (R-L) Ronny Deila the manager of Celtic chats with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde prior to kickoff during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Martin Linnes of Molde and Kieran Tierney of Celtic battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Harmeet Singh of Molde is challenged by Tomas Rogic of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath of Molde dives in vain as Kris Commons (nit shown) of Celtic scores the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Kris Commons of Celtic scores the opening goal with a header during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath of Molde dives in vain as Kris Commons (nit shown) of Celtic scores the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Kris Commons #15 of Celtic is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Kris Commons #15 of Celtic is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Tomas Rogic of Celtic has his shot on goal saved by goalkeeper Ethan Horvath of Molde during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Daniel Berg Hestad of Molde scores his team's second goal despite the challenge from Tyler Blackett of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Daniel Berg Hestad (R) of Molde celebrates with teammates Joona Toivo (L) and Etzaz Hussain (C) after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Daniel Berg Hestad (R) of Molde celebrates with teammates Joona Toivo (L) and Etzaz Hussain (C) after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Kieran Tierney of Celtic holds off the challenge from Mattias Mostrom of Molde during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Martin Linnes of Molde and Kieran Tierney of Celtic battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Ronny Deila the manager of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Leigh Griffiths of Celtic breaks forward during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Leigh Griffiths of Celtic puts his shot wide during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Nir Biton of Celtic leaves the pitch after being shown the red card during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Nir Biton of Celtic leaves the pitch after being shown the red card during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde celebrates his team's 2-1 victory during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Mohammed Elyounoussi of Molde and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde celebrates following their team's 2-1 victory during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Molde FK's Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi (R) shoots to score his team's first goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi (R) shoots to score his team's first goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan,Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring his team's first goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi (R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi (R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian midfielder Daniel Hestad celebrates scoring his team's second goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian midfielder Daniel Hestad (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Molde FK's Norwegian midfielder Daniel Hestad (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Celtic's Belgin defender Dedryck Boyata (L) vies against Molde FK's Norwegian forward Tommy Hoiland during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Celtic's English midfielder Kris Commons vies against Molde FK's Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi (L) during a UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Celtic and Molde FK at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANAndy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Celtic's Kris Commons (left) and Molde's Harmeet Singh battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Kris Commons celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mate Nir Bitton during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Kris Commons (right) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates Leigh Griffiths (left) and Nir Bitton (centre) during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton shoots to set up Kris Commons (not pictured) for a his goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton scores but the goal is disallowed during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton reacts after his disallowed goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton reacts after his disallowed goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths reacts after his disallowed goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths reacts after his disallowed goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Molde's Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Molde's Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Molde's Mohamed Elyounoussi scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Molde's Mohamed Elyounoussi scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton receives a red card during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton (left) receives a red card as Celtic's Mikael Lustig (right) appeals to the referee during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton walks of the pitch receiving a red card during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Nir Bitton walks of the pitch receiving a red card watched by Celtic Manager Ronny Deila (second right) during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths looks dejected after missed shot during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths shoots but fails to score during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"We have to win challenges and we lost that game inside the two boxes and that is disappointing."

Defender Jozo Simunovic declared himself fit before the game but lasted five minutes before he went off.

The Croatian defender was replaced by Tyler Blackett, who was himself substituted in the second-half for attacker Nadir Ciftci.

Deila said: "Jozo was 100 per cent fit and he got a knock and twisted his ankle. But he was ready, he was tested before the game."

Molde's win took them through to the knockout stages for the first time which "delighted" Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who only returned for his second spell as boss before the 3-1 win over Celtic in Norway last month.

The former Manchester United striker urged the Parkhead board to keep faith with fellow Norwegian Deila.

He said: "He has been under a lot of pressure since he first came to Celtic. If I was them (the Celtic board) I would stick with Ronny.

"I know Ronny and I know his ideas of playing football and he is a very good coach."       

CELTIC: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic (Blackett 9 (Ciftci 69)), Tierney Bitton (sent off), Johansen, Commons (Forrest 45), Rogic, Armstrong, Griffiths. Goal: Commons 26. Subs not used: Izaguirre, Ambrose, Mackay-Steven, Bailly.

MOLDE: Horvath, Linnes, Toivio, Forren, Rindaroy, Hussain (Gabrielsen 95), Hestad, Singh, Moström (Hestad 62), Hoiland (Kamara 45), Elyounoussi.

Goals: Elyounoussi 21, Hestad 37

Subs not used: Semb Berge, Flo, Pinto Moraes Junior, Da Silva.

Man of the match: Hestad

Match rating: 6/10 Ref: Slavko Vincic

Belfast Telegraph

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