Old-Firm latest: Deila takes responsibility for heavy defeat; Boyd reveals Rangers' aim

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1) Ronny Deila takes responsibility for Champions League defeat

Ronny Deila has taken responsibility for Celtic’s disastrous exit from the Champions League last night.

The Bhoys were dumped out in humiliating fashion – as they slumped to a 6-1 aggregate loss to Legia Warsaw in the third round of qualifying.

The Polish side went into the game at Parkhead 4-1 up after the first leg, with Celtic determined to pull off an unlikely upset, but once again they were upstaged by their opponents and crashed to a shocking 2-0 defeat in-front of an expectant home crowd.

It is a result which has already put Deila under pressure and one which throws many of the Scottish champions key players futures into question, but the Norwegian manager was keen not to pass on the blame.

"Of course it is my responsibility but also I need time to get my ideas across and get the players I want to come in and get the best out of the players here," Delia said. "It's a new thing for the players and a new thing for me but we are working every day. I am disappointed and the performance wasn't good enough but that's where we are just now and where we have to start improving from.

"I am not embarrassed by the result but I'm not satisfied. We have been in the Champions League for the past two years but this year we weren't good enough - not by far. That was one of our goals as a club and it's where we want to be. I feel really sorry for the players because I know they wanted it but they didn't perform good enough."

2) Ronny Deila targets additions

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is targeting additions after the club’s crushing defeat to Legia Warsaw, which saw them exit the Champions League last night.

The new boss has already faced criticism as a result of the 6-1 aggregate defeat, but seems resolute in his determination to improve the Bhoys and now wants new players to help push the club on to the next level and ensure such a scenario doesn’t occur again.

“I have only been here for six weeks but right now it’s not good enough,” he said. “That’s what I can see. We need to make the squad better by getting new players, which we are working on.

“I will need to build up a new team. That’s two years in the Champions League for Celtic but this year we’re not good enough – by far.”

3) Kris Boyd reveals Rangers aim

Kris Boyd has said that Rangers want to be challenging Celtic again for trophies in the near future.

The ‘Gers are fighting their way back from financial problems which threatened to put an end to the club and are aiming for back-to-back promotions this season, but Boyd is already thinking about competing at the top once again.

"We want to be back there challenging Celtic and winning leagues again,” he said.

To do this the ‘Gers will have to win promotion from the Scottish Championship this season and the experienced striker expects this to be a tough test, with Hearts also in the division.

“The Hearts team we played at the start of the season to the one we finished against was totally different,” he explained “But they are under a different pressure this year. Last year everybody thought, and knew, they were going down.

"This year they are going to be expected to win games so it is up to them how they face that challenge."

4) Law looking forward to tougher challenge

Nicky Law says that his Rangers team will relish the challenge of playing in a higher division this season.

The ‘Gers cruised to success in the Scottish third tier last campaign, but face some tougher opposition this time around in the Championship and Law believes that this will benefit the club’s players.

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“It’s proper football,” he enthused.

“I said from the first day back it’s a serious time now for all of us. Last year we could take the foot off the pedal a little bit because the league was over by Christmas and it was difficult at times to put the foot on the pedal 100 per cent in every game.”

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