Celtic 'will be ready' for Champions League - Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila
Ronny Deila saw his Celtic side eliminated from the Europa League

Manager Ronny Deila said Celtic will be "ready" to compete in the Champions League next season despite their exit at the Europa League group stages.

Celtic lost 2-1 at home to Ajax on Thursday, ensuring they will finish bottom of Group A.

"We haven't been good enough in the small details," Deila said.

"We're going to be ready next year. That's the message to all the fans, and that's the task that I have and everybody in this club has."

Celtic, who face Fenerbahce in Turkey for their final group game on 10 December, have won only eight of their 25 European games under Deila.

"There are a lot of players that haven't played so much at this level," he said. "I see a lot of talent that will develop and learn from these games.

"You see [Callum] McGregor coming forward. You see [Kieran] Tierney. You see that [Jozo] Simunovic can be a really good central defender. [Stuart] Armstrong is getting better. You see a lot of things.

"I think a lot of people see the whole picture. I think they see a lot of progress."

Celtic players cut dejected figures after exiting the Europa League
Celtic will finish bottom of Group A

Asked whether Celtic will look to alter their strategy in the transfer market, targeting more established players, Deila replied: "We buy talent, players who can be Champions League players.

"There's nobody that comes in and just gets to be a Champions League player in the first game. You have to develop them through time.

"It's very, very hard to bring in a player that has played a lot of Champions League football; that's a different level, of course.

"But we have created a lot of Champions League players and we're going to do that in the future."

Deila confirmed Charlie Mulgrew, who left the field after Ajax's late winner, reducing Celtic to 10 men, had pulled a muscle and "could not run".

He also insisted the season is "not over" for Celtic, who are top of the Scottish Premiership.

"It's not like we're going to close down everything until August," he said.

"We are leading the league by six points, we are in every tournament, so I think it is very wrong to put it like that, that the season is over.

"We are very disappointed. I am very disappointed that we are not through, but that's done now. Now, we can only look forward, and that's what I'm doing."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 26th November 2015

  • FK QarabagFK Qarabag0TottenhamTottenham Hotspur1
  • CelticCeltic1AjaxAjax2
  • LiverpoolLiverpool2BordeauxBordeaux1
  • Rubin KazanRubin Kazan2FC SionFC Sion0
  • FK KrasnodarFK Krasnodar1B DortmundBorussia Dortmund0
  • Dinamo MinskDinamo Minsk1Viktoria PlzenViktoria Plzen0
  • MonacoMonaco0AnderlechtRSC Anderlecht2
  • SchalkeFC Schalke 041Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia0
  • Sparta PragueSparta Prague1Asteras TripolisAsteras Tripolis0
  • AZ AlkmaarAZ Alkmaar1Partizan BelgradePartizan Belgrade2
  • AugsburgFC Augsburg2Ath BilbaoAthletic Bilbao3
  • LazioLazio3DnipropetrovskDnipropetrovsk1

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde531196310
2Fenerbahçe52216518
3Ajax51315506
4Celtic5023711-42

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool52306429
2FC Sion52215508
3Rubin Kazan51224405
4Bordeaux503235-23

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar531164210
2B Dortmund5311104610
3PAOK Salonika504123-14
4FK Qabala502329-72

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli55001711615
2FC Midtjylland5203511-66
3Club Brugge5113310-74
4Legia Warsaw511325-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal540193612
2Rapid Vienna540185312
3Viktoria Plzen510457-23
4Dinamo Minsk510429-73

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga540174312
2Marseille53028539
3Slovan Liberec52124407
4FC Groningen501428-61

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio5410125713
2Saint-Étienne52219638
3Dnipropetrovsk511338-54
4Rosenborg502349-52

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas52306339
2Lokomotiv Moscow52219728
3Sporting5212111017
4Skenderbeu5104410-63

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel531195410
2Fiorentina521210647
3Lech Poznan512225-35
4Belenenses512227-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham531185310
2Anderlecht52126517
3Monaco513145-16
4FK Qarabag511336-34

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke5320113811
2Sparta Prague52307439
3Asteras Tripolis511348-44
4Apoel Nicosia510429-73

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao5401146812
2Partizan Belgrade5302911-29
3Augsburg5203910-16
4AZ Alkmaar5104611-53
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