Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists his building job at the Bhoys starts now after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Slovenian side NK Maribor.

Deila's men drew the first leg of their playoff tie 1-1 in Slovenia, putting them in the driving seat ahead of the return at Celtic Park. But this evening, in a poor performance, they slipped to a 1-0 defeat, meaning a 2-1 aggregate scoreline and a spot in the Europa League.

The Celtic boss, appointed earlier this summer, feels he has some serious work to do. And he has insisted it starts now.

"If we continued like we did in the first-half we would have conceded goals and we needed to get much more out of what we did in the first half. I think that wasn’t good enough", the Norwegian said via his club's site.


"We lifted ourselves in the second half and had some chances but they scored on their first chance in the second half and then it got difficult.


"It’s disappointing. It’s a hard feeling that I have to take with me and the players and the whole staff and the whole club. There are no excuses.

"We have to start building now. We hope we can stand in the same position next year with a whole other feeling than I have now. We had a good enough team to go through but we didn’t do it.

"I can understand the fans. I can only assure them that we will work hard every day to make sure next year we can sit in a better situation", Deila concluded.

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