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Friday 2 December 2016

Confident Deila lands his man

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

Ronny Deila claims he was always confident that Celtic would secure the services of Scott Allan despite interest from Rangers. The 23-year-old midfielder was introduced to the Parkhead crowd before the 4-2 win over Inverness following Friday night's move from Hibernian on a four-year-deal for a reported fee of £275,000.

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The boyhood Gers fan was given a great reception by the home fans before Celtic ran out 4-2 winners. Goals from Mikael Lustig, Leigh Griffiths and a second-half double from Stuart Armstrong put the Hoops in easy street before Ryan Christie and Dani Lopez reduced the deficit.

Asked if he thought there was a point when Allan was going to Rangers, Deila said: "No, I thought we had good control of the situation. I spoke to him before we signed him."

QPR boss rues wasted chances

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey felt his side were punished for missing chances in the 2-2 draw with Cardiff at Loftus Road, where the visitors came back from two down. Clint Hill's 33rd-minute header put Rangers ahead and Charlie Austin bundled the ball in 11 minutes into the second half to make it 2-0. But Cardiff hit back, with Sean Morrison heading home before Scott Malone equalised in the final minute. Malone scored after Austin had been denied by a goalline clearance from Matt Connolly and both Phillips and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas missed chances for Ramsey's team.

"It's not a good result. We should have taken the points," Ramsey admitted.

"Cardiff were fantastic in possession and looked dangerous. But we've had balls flashing across the goal and when you haven't taken those chances you get punished in the end.

"We need to work on getting more bodies into the box but even when we did that we didn't take our chances."

Karanka hails Boro's display

Head coach Aitor Karanka was delighted after Middlesbrough began to exorcise the demons of last season's Championship play-off final defeat with a 3-0 triumph over Bolton.

Middlesbrough entered the break 3-0 ahead after Kike's double added to Diego Fabbrini's spectacular opener. "It could be the best half we've played in my time in charge," said Karanka. "It was an amazing first half. We played the way I want to play always."

McCarthy left feeling 'nervy'

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy admitted his heart was in his mouth as his side edged Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 to claim their first win of the Championship season.

Wednesday took the lead on 19 minutes through Ross Wallace, however, the advantage lasted just two minutes as Freddie Sears beat Keiren Westwood at his near post. Ipswich clinched the points eight minutes after the restart, when Tommy Smith headed home from close range. "Near the end I'm sure my heart was going a little faster than it should, but we were bound to be a little nervy," said McCarthy."It was a good performance. We had to come from behind to beat a very good team."

Sad passing of a true visionary

The death has occurred of Royden Prole who, from 1953 to 1972, was a director of Drumcondra FC, 'Drums'.

With his father Sam, he arranged for the installation of the first floodlights in the country in Tolka Park. It was in March of that year, 1953, that the first ever match under lights took place against St Mirren from Scotland. Many household names of the time such as Paddy Neville, Benny Henderson, Bunny Fullam, Tommy Rowe, Jimmy Morrissey and Ray Keogh formed the nucleus of League of Ireland and FAI Cup success at the club in the 1950s and 1960s. A fitter by trade he served his time in the Great Northern Railway works in Dundalk and, when the railway works closed down, he moved to Dublin and started his own business, and founded Ariel Door Gears Ltd.

Dortmund hit ground running

Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 yesterday evening to launch their season with a bang on coach Thomas Tuchel's Bundesliga debut with the club.

Marcel Heller also found the net twice, including a spectacular 70-metre solo run for his first goal, as promoted Darmstadt 98 marked their return to the top flight after 33 years with a 2-2 draw at home to Hanover 96. Dortmund, rock bottom midway through last season before a revival rescued a Europa League spot, showed they mean business under Tuchel as they gave Gladbach, third last season, no chance. It proved a memorable day for Tuchel who is eager to shake off the shadow of predecessor Juergen Klopp who won two league titles with the club.

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