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Celtic given Champions League reprieve

Celtic manager Ronny Deila (left) and backroom team during the loss to Legia Warsaw

Celtic manager Ronny Deila (left) and backroom team during the loss to Legia Warsaw

Ronny Deila admits Celtic’s dramatic reinstatement in the Champions League despite losing 6-1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round has left him feeling “very strange.”

UEFA awarded the Scottish champions a default 3-0 win in the second leg of the tie after it was discovered that the Polish club, managed by Deila’s fellow Norwegian Henning Berg, fielded substitute Bartosz Bereszynski near the end of the 2-0 second-leg win at Murrayfield on Wednesday night while he was supposed to be suspended.

Consequently, Celtic went through on away goals after a 4-4 draw and were drawn against Slovenian side Maribor in the Champions League play-off.

Speaking at the club’s Lennoxtown training complex Deila said: “It is very strange, I have to say that.

“First of all I feel very sorry for Legia, and my friends from Norway there.

“It is tough to think of that and now we are in the Champions League.

“That is what UEFA said, we haven’t been involved in anything.

“I am a football manager and I have to go with it and now we are preparing for Maribor.”

Deila confirmed he had not spoken to Berg but he swerved a question about him possibly feeling embarrassed by the extraordinary circumstances in which his side were handed a reprieve.

The former Stromsgodset manager said: “Legia played well against us, they put in good performances but this is nothing to do with Celtic. It is about UEFA.

“It is not my business. It is a club thing and a UEFA thing.”

 

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