Celtic manager Ronny Deila hails team 'togetherness'

Ronny Deila joined in the post-match celebrations at Pittodrie
Celtic manager Ronny Deila joined in the post-match celebrations at Pittodrie

Manager Ronny Deila was thrilled with Celtic's last-gasp victory at Aberdeen, which was achieved with 10 men and sends them top of the Premiership.

The Norwegian joined his players on the Pittodrie pitch to celebrate the 2-1 victory and said: "It was a fantastic win, I'm so proud of the team.

"We fought all the way and got the goal in the end.

"We knew it was going to be a hard game and to get three points - that's what I call team spirit and togetherness."

Virgil van Dijk diverted in a corner from Stefan Johansen on 90 minutes after captain Scott Brown had been sent off for two bookings.

Johansen had equalised before the interval following the opening goal from Adam Rooney.

And the midfielder is convinced his manager is on the right track after a stuttering start to his career in Scotland.

"We wanted to win this game so badly," Johansen told BBC Scotland. "We're where we belong, in my opinion, at the top of the table.

"And we want to do everything we can to stay there for the rest of the season.

"The manager is getting results now. We're doing well in Europe, we're still in both cups and now top of the league. That sounds good to me."

Deila repaid the compliment, describing his compatriot's recent form as "unbelievable", adding: "He is a leader and that's what we need."

Brown was cautioned for a barge on Peter Pawlett and a tug on Niall McGinn, with Deila saying the sending off was "maybe okay".

"It was a tough game for the referee, there were a lot of challenges and the pitch was not perfect," he explained.

"We didn't get the tempo in our play. It's been a hard programme, playing in Europe and coming home on Friday afternoon.

"Of course, you are happy with a point when you have a man sent off but I felt we were confident and that something could happen at the end.

"We kept on being disciplined and we got our chance.

"Today was a fantastic achievement and I feel more and more together with the players."