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Celtic's John Guidetti scores penalty   during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Hearts. Photo credit should read Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Celtic's John Guidetti scores penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Hearts. Photo credit should read Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Celtic's John Guidetti scores penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Hearts. Photo credit should read Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Ronny Deila has backed penalty row striker John Guidetti as he stressed there would be no cheating permitted at Celtic.

The 22-year-old Swede won and scored a controversial spot-kick in Sunday's 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win over Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Jambos were incensed when referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot after the on-loan Manchester City forward went down in the box following a challenge from defender Brad McKay. It is understood the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer, Tony McGlennan, will not be taking any retrospective action against the Hoops player after viewing footage of the incident.

And ahead of the Scottish Premiership game against Partick Thistle tonight, the Celtic boss contributed his thoughts to the debate.

"Maybe it was not a penalty but it is a long way from there to diving," he said.

"It looked like he slipped a bit so it is nothing, it is a decision the referee has made. "Of course I understand the discussion but he didn't do anything wrong."

Asked if Guidetti should have told Collum there had been no contact, the Norwegian replied: "No, as a player you don't know everything that is happening.

"When you play you play to win and you are so focused on winning.

"We don't want cheats, that's an important thing but I don't think he was wanting a penalty.

"Things happen in the game and over a long season it will even out, that's how it is going to be.

"But this situation isn't the reason why we won this game, we had a lot of chances and we deserved to win."

Deila also reiterated his backing of Aleksandar Tonev, whose appeal against his seven-game ban for racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan will take place tomorrow.

"We have to do everything in our power to get this away from Aleksandar," said the former Stromsgodset boss. "We don't believe Aleksandar is a racist. We believe him.

"It is word against word and you can't take it seriously when it is word against word."


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