Deila: Fight shows we are ready for the bat­tle ahead

Iza­guirre left with stitches in ear wound af­ter tan­gling with Ciftci

The Herald - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - STEW­ART FISHER

RONNY DEILA played down yes­ter­day’s train­ing ground bust-up be­tween Emilio Iza­guirre and Nadir Ciftci and said it only proves his side will be up for the fight at Tynecas­tle on League Cup duty tonight.

The Hon­duran re­quired stitches to a wound to his ear af­ter com­ing off worst in a tussle with the Turk at Len­nox­town, the former Dundee United striker catch­ing Iza­guirre with his boot on the head as he at­tempted to free him­self af­ter be­ing the vic­tim of a bad tackle. While slide tack­ling is out­lawed in train­ing matches at Celtic, Deila was re­laxed about the in­ci­dent, which came hot on the heels of Kris Com­mons vent­ing his fury at the Nor­we­gian and his back­room staff in Molde and Leigh Grif­fiths and Dedryck Boy­ata hav­ing a go at each other on the same trip. The Nor­we­gian is a be­liever in what he calls con­fronta­tion cul­ture and feels it is a pos­i­tive sign that there is so much pas­sion for win­ning and im­prov­ing, rather than ac­cep­tance and ap­a­thy.

“I wasn’t there,” said Deila. “But what I am told hap­pened was a tackle from Emilio which was a lit­tle bit too much and then Nadir re­acted to that tackle, he thought that was very hard and he tried to get away from it. And then he kicked back and he hits his face and he didn’t know that or see that, and he caught his ear. Emilio had to go to the hospi­tal to get a cou­ple of stitches to put it to­gether. I talked with both play­ers, they move on. There was no pur­pose in hit­ting his face. Both are avail­able. I want to have ev­ery­body on the same page and that we go straight for­ward but I know that in per­for­mance cul­ture it’s never straight­for­ward, you have to have con­fronta­tions, you have to have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties who want to win and who want to fight.”

As it was es­sen­tially the usu­ally placid Iza­guirre and not the oc­ca­sion­ally-com­bustible Ciftci who sparked the in­ci­dent, Deila de­fended his sign­ing from Dundee United, who left Tan­nadice with some­thing of a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a trou­ble­maker. “I think Nadir is a hand­ful be­cause he’s very emo­tional but a lot of play­ers are like this,” said Deila. “But if they cause you prob­lems then they cause the op­po­nent prob­lems as well. For me there’s not been a prob­lem. He’s want­ing to learn, but you need to speak and be close to him. Ev­ery­one needs to feel sup­ported and be guided. At Celtic there have not been any in­ci­dents on the pitch. He’s been very good and he learns a lot com­ing to a cul­ture like this.”

Deila’s side will need to be war­like and dis­ci­plined at Tynecas­tle, a venue he has vis­ited once be­fore dur­ing a 4-0 Scot­tish Cup win last Novem­ber. “We have to take the fight to Hearts but be fair the fight starts with win­ning chal­lenges, run­ning enough, be­ing tough on the pitch, but again we want to be dis­ci­plined and do it in a fair way.”

Pic­ture: SNS

CUT SHORT: Iza­guirre leaves train­ing early af­ter his train­ing-ground dust up with Nadir Ciftci which left the de­fender with blood run­ning down his neck.

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