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Celtic manager finds English football boring

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has offered up a stout defence of the Scottish game by claiming its English counterpart often bores him in comparison.

Deila prefers the atmosphere at Scottish grounds. Credit: PA

Speaking at Celtic's Lennoxtown training complex ahead of the trip to St Johnstone on Saturday, Deila noted the increase of money into the game south of the border.

However, the former Stromsgodset boss stated enthusiastically that he has been impressed with that he has witnessed so far in Scottish football, including the atmosphere in the Hoops' Scottish League Cup semi-final win over rivals Rangers at Hampden earlier in the month.

I think we should be more proud of it (the game in Scotland). The interest here is phenomenal. It is something special. When you go to Celtic games away, the fans are fantastic.

I have been many times to England and I am bored compared with what's happening here in the stands sometimes.

The game against Rangers is special. They don't have that. I have been at United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and it's not near the atmosphere there was in that game.

– Celtic manager Ronny Deila


Ten year-old injured by Celtic fan before Old Firm derby

A ten year-old boy suffered a hairline fracture and had three teeth knocked out by a bottle thrown before Sunday's Old Firm derby.

The ten year-old boy didn't make it to his first game. Credit: PA

Police in Glasgow are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident on Cathcart Road.

The young Rangers supporter was in a minibus on the way to his first match when a group of Celtic fans surrounded the vehicle and directed abuse at passengers.

It appears that the bottle was deliberately thrown at the minibus, although not necessarily aimed at the young boy, who missed the match after being rushed to hospital

Detective Constable Kenneth MacEwan said:

This was an appalling assault on the boy who was with his dad and fellow supporters going to his first Celtic v Rangers game.

He never got to the match but instead was detained overnight in hospital and has a facial injury and teeth missing.

– Detective Constable Kenneth MacEwan

Celtic players celebrate in front of Rangers fans

Celtic cruised through to the Scottish League Cup final with a 2-0 win over Rangers at Hampden Park on a day when the gulf between the two traditional rivals was laid bare.

Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring for Celtic. Credit: Reuters

Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths headed the Premiership leaders into the lead from a Stefan Johansen cross in the 10th minute with Kris Commons driving in a second on the half-hour mark to effectively seal their place against Dundee United on March 15.

It was a comfortable victory for Ronny Deila's side in the first meeting between the teams in almost three years since the Ibrox club re-emerged in the bottom tier of Scottish football following administration and liquidation.

But when the final whistle sounded, Hoops keeper Craig Gordon had not made a save.

Police issue crackdown warning to Old Firm fans

Celtic and Rangers will face each other for the first time in almost three years today, with police warning supporters they will crackdown on any signs of trouble.

Celtic and Rangers will face each other for the first time in almost three years. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

The League Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park in Glasgow is a sell-out and will have an international TV audience with 54 countries screening the game.

Tensions are set to be high in what is the first game between the clubs since Rangers' liquidation in 2012 and both clubs have been visited by Police Scotland to remind players and management of their responsibilities in a bid to minimise any possibility of trouble.

Officers have said they will be monitoring social media as well as having an increased presence on streets in and around Glasgow.

Police will be deployed at the stadium, in Glasgow city centre and at major transport hubs before, during and after the match.

Chief Superintendent Andy Bates, the match commander, said: "I am sure that most supporters will enjoy the sporting occasion, however a minority may choose to cause disorder and my message to them is clear: anyone involved in disorder will be arrested."


Deila praises 'world class' Celtic striker Griffiths

Celtic manager Ronny Deila praised the "world-class" ability of Leigh Griffiths as he revealed that another striker, John Guidetti, had delayed talks over his long-term future.

World class? Credit: Reuters

Griffiths has started the last two games - his first starts in the Scottish Premiership since August - and rewarded Deila with a goal in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Motherwell, which sent the Hoops top of the league.

There is big competition up front and it's also about the opponents we meet but Leigh has made improvement in a lot of things. He looks sharper now and needs even more confidence.

I believe in him. I think he's a very exciting player and his left foot is world-class, I've not seen any player have a better left foot in my life.

– Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Tonev loses appeal over ban for racist language

Aleksandar Tonev joined Celtic on loan from Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has lost his appeal against a seven-match ban for using racist language.

A Scottish Football Association appeal tribunal threw out the appeal after the on-loan Aston Villa winger was earlier banned over an incident involving Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan.

The SFA has published the report of both panels who examined the case.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila had earlier indicated the club would challenge the decision further if it was upheld.

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