Deila ‘can’t have’ Commons’ ‘disrespectful’ attitude

Date published: Friday 23rd October 2015 9:55 - Matthew Briggs

Kris Commons: Upset by Celtic substitution

Celtic boss Ronny Deila says Kris Commons’ reaction to being substituted in the defeat by Molde is “something we can’t have”.

Commons, who scored in the 3-1 loss in Norway, vented his anger towards the Celtic coaching staff after being replaced with Nadir Ciftci – a reaction which Deila says is “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.

The Scottish champions prop up Europa League Group A with two points from three matches, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde top the group with seven points.

“That’s something we can’t have,” said Deila.

“We are a team. I understand that players can be disappointed at being taken off, but to show it in that way, it’s not how we want to have it in Celtic.

“We are one team and it’s not about one player. It’s very disrespectful to everyone else. That’s unacceptable.

“I’ve spoken to him, of course. This is not about punishing people, it’s about understanding and about talking about how we react and how we behave.

“He was irritated he was taken off. That’s OK, sometimes you are irritated, but you do it in a better way than he did.”

Deila claimed that he had taken Commons off because he did not want to upset the balance of the team.

“It’s always a matter of having balance between attacking and defending because you can’t put on four strikers and think that you’ll create a lot things,” added Deila, who took Commons off with his team 3-1 down.

“You need to have somebody who can defend as well so we can have the ball.

“Today we wanted to have two strikers on and then we needed also more balance in the midfield because you saw that, every time they got the ball, they counter-attacked us, so that was the decision.

“Of course, it’s a lot of games coming and Kris is going to be important in them as well.”

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