Celtic: Ronny Deila insists Europa League can galvanise side

Celtic manager Ronny Deila and captain Scott Brown

Europa League Group A

Venue:
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Date:
Thursday, 17 September
Kick-off:
18:00 BST
Coverage:
Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB & online, live text on BBC Sport website

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says his team can "clear the air" if they pick up points away to Ajax in their Europa League opener in Amsterdam.

Deila denied that Celtic are a club in turmoil, saying that "football never goes in a straight line up to heaven".

The Norwegian is aiming to arrest a run of poor form which has seen them knocked out of the Champion League and trailing Aberdeen in the Premiership.

"Good teams bounce back," said Deila.

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"It can be a circus, we know the demand is there.

"We can win everything in Scotland. We are determined to win trophies and improve in Europe."

Celtic are determined to improve on last season's Europa League performance and Deila wants a performance similar to the one in Milan last season when they performed well in the defeat by Inter.

"Everything goes in circles," he said. "Last year we were unbelievable in set play. The players talk and practice. I've seen in training everyone wants to take responsibility.

"We'll need to be compact and brave on the ball.

"We know we can get back to that level of performance [against Inter].

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons
Celtic entered the Europa League after suffering defeat in the Champions League play-off

"Small details will be the difference in this group. We want to get some points away. If you get through the group anything can happen.

"It takes some time to get over it [the Champions League exit]; we can be disappointed but we have so much to look forward to.

"We are much better prepared than last year, [we] know each other better and played a lot of matches together."

Deila admits the European situations faced by his team and their Dutch opponents is a similar one with Ajax also knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers.

"Both clubs are so huge, the situation is quite similar," he said. "We both get talented players, develop them and have to move them on to bigger leagues.

"But I'm lucky - I'm at the biggest club in Scotland and have best players in Scotland. It's about getting this team performing and we have done it so many times and won trophies.

"It's going to be a long season and we want to try to get a result here."

Scott Brown (left) is determined to bounce back in Amsterdam against Ajax
Scott Brown (left) is determined to bounce back in Amsterdam against Ajax

Celtic captain Scott Brown admits the players have "let themselves down" in recent weeks, with defeats by Malmo and Aberdeen.

"We know we can play better and believe in ourselves more," said Brown.

"We know we're a lot better than we've shown."

Regarding his performances for club and country, Brown said: "Everyone has ups and downs and I'll come back stronger and fitter.

"We need a bit of luck as well. It's about small little details. We don't turn up and hope it happens. It's about confidence.

"We've let ourselves down recently. I don't like getting beat, we need to show that we deserve to win these games."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 17th September 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde11003123
2Celtic10102201
3Ajax10102201
4Fenerbahçe100113-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Sion11002113
2Liverpool10101101
3Bordeaux10101101
4Rubin Kazan100112-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund11002113
2FK Qabala10100001
3PAOK Salonika10100001
4FK Krasnodar100112-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli11005053
2FC Midtjylland11001013
3Legia Warsaw100101-10
4Club Brugge100105-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Viktoria Plzen11002023
2Rapid Vienna11002113
3Villarreal100112-10
4Dinamo Minsk100102-20

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Marseille11003033
2Sporting Braga11001013
3Slovan Liberec100101-10
4FC Groningen100103-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rosenborg10102201
2Saint-Étienne10102201
3Lazio10101101
4Dnipropetrovsk10101101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow11003123
2Besiktas11001013
3Skenderbeu100101-10
4Sporting100113-20

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel11002113
2Belenenses10100001
3Lech Poznan10100001
4Fiorentina100112-10

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham11003123
2Monaco10101101
3Anderlecht10101101
4FK Qarabag100113-20

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke11003033
2Sparta Prague10101101
3Asteras Tripolis10101101
4Apoel Nicosia100103-30

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao11003123
2Partizan Belgrade11003213
3AZ Alkmaar100123-10
4Augsburg100113-20
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