21 Aug Deila laughs off Malmo jibes
Celtic boss Ronny Deila has rubbished suggestions from Malmo boss Age Hareide and goalkeeper Johan Wiland that his side are dirty and unfit.
The Norwegian boss said they wouldn’t stoop to that level after Wiland accused them of behaving like “pigs” and “children”.
Deila also refuted claims from Hareide, who said the Hoops weren’t fit enough to last the 90 minutes.
The comments were made after the Scottish champions’ 3-2 victory against the Swedes.
“I seen the game one more time and I didn’t see any trouble and it was a fair game and as far as I remember we won 3-2,” Deila said.
“That was a result that we are happy with and we have a good opportunity to go through in Malmo.
“It is up to them to say whatever they want. We are concentrating on the game and that is it.”
On Hareide’s remarks, he added: “He is a funny guy, this is funny, I have seen it before and I also have to say that I don’t think we lost the game. It is 3-2 for the second-leg.
“I think that is quite important and we are looking forward to Tuesday. I don’t see the tiredness.
“I don’t think we seemed tired against Qarabag. Every game has different things into it.
“Again we were disappointed that we conceded in the last second but we won it and we have a good opportunity on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, Celtic attacker Gary Mackay-Steven made a light-hearted remark about the comments.
“It’s a physical game but we weren’t any dirtier than usual,” he joked.
“It’s raised my eyebrows. I don’t know where they got that from but we’ll take it with a pinch of salt.”
He added: “I don’t see how there’s any substance to that comment about fitness. We lost a late goal maybe he is referring to that but that’s down to defensive errors on our part not due to fitness.
“We’ll just keep quiet and do our talking on our park.”