Old Firm latest: Deila hammers Celtic squad, Rangers departee has no regrets

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1) Ronny Deila hammers Celtic after shocking loss

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has laid into his team after their performance last night, which leaves their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.

The Scottish champions were beaten 4-1 by Polish side Legia Warsaw and now look set to exit the competition unless they can pull off a brilliant comeback at Parkhead in the return leg.

Deila was naturally unhappy with the defeat and said that it was down to too many ‘stupid mistakes’ from his players.

“It was a very poor performance and worst of all was the commitment, the energy, I need much more energy in the game,” he said. “We didn’t stay together for 90 minutes."

"We started well and got the first goal but then gave way to pressure. We lost our heads and started giving the ball way in midfield so many times and there were mistakes in the back four, some were high, some were low, instead of being together."

2) Legia Warsaw issue Celtic a hands-off-warning on Michal Zyro

Celtic’s Champions League conqurers Legia Warsaw have issued the Bhoys a hands-off-warning on their talented midfielder Michal Zyro.

The 21-year-old scored his side’s third in his team’s 4-1 drubbing of the Celtic in qualification for Europe’s elite competition last night and Legia boss, Henning Berg, is determined to keep hold of his prized asset.

“Zyro has the potential to be a top player,” the former Rangers player said.

“We will not sell him now. When we do sell him it has to be right for us and he should be ready to go into a club and play every week."

“It is better for him to play with this team for at least a year. If he continues his development then we know what football is like, players are sold."

“It is about timing and the timing is not right. I’m sure in time Celtic and other teams will be interested.”

3) Steven Whittaker has no regrets over Rangers departure

Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker says he does not regret leaving Rangers in the slightest.

The 30-year-old left the ‘Gers in 2012, at the height of their problems, but has found his time at Carrow Road to be less than ideal.

However, he says that he is not disappointed he chose to move away from Ibrox when he did as it was best for his career.

“I knew I could do better than play in the Third Division,” he said.

“And I didn’t want to spend three years of my career trying to come back up the leagues."

“Norwich offered me the challenge to come south and I have enjoyed it."

“I still have two years here so I am looking forward to what we can achieve."

4) Hibs will be ready for Rangers, insists Stubbs

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs believes that his team will be up to the challenge of playing Rangers when the two sides meet on Tuesday.

Hibs drew their last pre-season friendly with lowly East Fife before they play the ‘Gers in the Petrofac Training Cup, but Stubbs insists that he team will be ready for the challenge when the competitive football starts again.

He said: “Sometimes when you have a big game coming up, you protect yourself, you get through the game and do just enough.

“The most important thing is that we have come through unscathed, there’s no injuries and everybody is fit."

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“Without saying so before the game that was my main priority. We have managed to do that and the lads are all up to a similar number of minutes on the pitch."

“We are ready for Tuesday night.”

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