Celtic

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is today ‘looking back with pride’ after his side managed to get themselves knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage for the fourth time in six seasons at the hands of Swedish outfit Malmö.

The Scottish champions were 3-2 ahead going into the second leg, although many cite the turning point of the tie coming when the Swedes grabbed a late goal in the dying stages of the first leg in Glasgow.

Following his team’s meek 2-0 away defeat, Deila said: ‘I think we can look back with a lot of pride at how we’ve managed to get ourselves knocked out this year. I’m especially pleased for Leigh Griffiths, who went from making a two-goal first leg performance to that of a man who looked as if he’d never even seen a football before tonight’.

Malmö boss Age Hareide commented: ‘I can’t quite believe it. We all knew Scottish football was dreadful, but I had no idea it was this bad’.

Celtic will now drop into the group stages of the Europa League, where they are almost certainly guaranteed to get beat by at least two Eastern European sides no one’s heard of.