Celtic boss Ronny Deila left disappointed after draw

Celtic manager Ronny Deila and assistant John Collins

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists his team deserved to draw 1-1 with Hamilton after failing to take their chances in an action-packed game on Friday night.

The Hoops had defender Dedryck Boyata sent off by referee Craig Thomson after he brought down Carlton Morris on the edge of the box just before half-time.

Replays showed the former Manchester City man did get a touch on the ball but Deila had no complaints after the full-time whistle.

Striker Leigh Griffiths had already given Deila’s men the lead with a penalty but the former Wolves man missed another chance from the spot.

Fellow forward Gary Mackay-Steven also missed several key chances in the latter stages and the reigning champions were punished when Eamonn Brophy scored an equaliser in the 73rd minute.

Friday night’s draw leaves Deila’s side seven points clear at the top of the table although Aberdeen have a game in hand.

Speaking after the match, the Norwegian admitted that his team didn’t deserve anything more after letting themselves down in key areas.

“I was disappointed that we lost two points because we controlled the game quite well at 1-0, and then in the second half we produced three chances, should have scored two but we couldn’t do it,” he said.

“When you get two alone with the goalkeeper and a penalty and miss it, then it is going to be hard to win football games.

“At the end, the opponents will get a chance or two and it was a good finish from the set-play.”

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