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Celtic focused for Ajax Europa League clash, says Ronny Deila

By Staff Reporter

Ronny Deila played down talk of a crisis ahead of Celtic's Europa League Group A opener against Ajax in Amsterdam today (6pm).

Both clubs, previous winners of the competition, missed out on this season's Champions League group stages after losing their respective play-off ties.

Celtic dropped into the Europa League after a 4-3 aggregate defeat by Swedish side Malmo and there is pressure on the Hoops' Norwegian boss Deila to make a better fist of the second-tier competition.

"We are determined to reach our goals, to win trophies and progress in Europe," Deila said.

"Football is up and down. It is never in a straight line up to heaven. Sometimes there are setbacks.

"Good teams bounce back and find reasons why they have a bad performance.

"That is what we have done.

"Same as we do after we win.

"Everybody was disappointed not to get into the Champions League and it can take a bit of time to get over it.

"But I think we have cleared the air now and can focus on getting forward.

"We still have so much to look forward to."

Also in Group A, Fenerbahce take on Norwegian opponents Molde for the first time when they square off in Istanbul.

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