23 Oct Deila accepts Commons apology
Celtic boss Ronny Deila has accepted Kris Commons’ apology after his public outburst at being substituted in the defeat to Molde.
The Hoops were losing 3-1 at the time and Commons, who had given the Hoops a glimmer of hope by halving the deficit at 2-1, made way for Nadir Ciftci much to the sheer anger from the midfielder.
Deila said his reaction was “unacceptable and disrespectful” but Commons has now apologised for his reaction.
He said: “I’d like to apologise for my reaction last night, something that should never be shown publicly on the field.
“I was very frustrated at how the night had gone. However, I did not handle this in the right way. My frustration at losing games and my desire to win will never change.
“I know we are all part of a team at Celtic and I am proud to be part of this team. I want this team to win and I am sure we can come together, work hard and get the results needed to qualify from this group.
“I still have every confidence we can do this and in a fortnight we have the chance to make amends. That’s the motivation now for us all.”
Norwegian boss Deila has forgiven Commons and says they have put the incident behind them.
“It is very important. I am happy with that and he came to me and did at once and that is very good.
“We have dealt with it and we move on.
“There is a lot of emotion on the pitch but you have to do it in the right situations. He understands, as he is a grown up man and a lot happens in the heat of the game.
“But we have to have discipline and stay together and he understands that.
“He has apologised, it is between us and I am happy with the way things are now.”
Deila played down the significance of last night’s result in terms of his position at Celtic.
“Every game is important. High demands, high goals, personally and as a club. I am totally aware of what we are doing and really believe in what we are doing.
“The situation is not unbelievably bad. We are top of the league, we are still in both cups and still have a chance in Europe so there are some positive things into the situation.
“But again, the performance yesterday was not good enough.”