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Celtic boss Deila wants Hoops to bow out on high note

By Staff Reporter

Boss Ronny Deila is hoping to engineer Celtic's first Europa League win in what he admits is Group A's most difficult fixture - away to Fenerbahce (6pm).

The Hoops have no chance of qualifying for the knockout stages after taking only two points from the first five fixtures while the home side need only one point to stay above Ajax to guarantee joining Molde in the last-32.

Norwegian Deila, speaking at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, was asked if the trip to Istanbul was the toughest test in the section.

He said: "It is the toughest game. We are playing a good team, but we have seen that others have come away from here with points so it is possible.

"It's always important to win and if we can get a victory it'll be a big achievement.

"It will give us confidence to go into the domestic league.

"It is important that when you are away in Europe you defend well and when we get the ball we have to create some problems for them.

"We want to be very clear in how we defend and how we attack."

Fenerbahce coach Vitor Pereira claimed that Celtic had been unlucky in the campaign, a view with which Deila largely concurred.

"A lot of games have been very even but we haven't been good in small details and both boxes," he said. "That has cost us. No team has out-played us and we've created chances but given away goals too easily."

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