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Deila is upbeat despite defeat

Celtic manager Ronny Deila remained upbeat despite the 1-0 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in Gran Canaria. The Dutch side won the opening match of the Maspalomas Tournament with a volley by Memphis Depay on the half-hour mark.

Youngsters Aidan Nesbitt and Joe Thomson made their first team debuts as replacements for Callum McGregor and John Guidetti, as goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska made a string of saves to keep the Celts in the game in the absence of Craig Gordon.

Fans' group up stake in Ibrox

New Fan-ownership group Rangers First has increased its Ibrox stake after snapping up another 60,000 shares of the ailing club.

With three factions - Dave King and the Three Bears, Phoenix Suns' owner Robert Sarver, and the existing board which is aligned with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley - all battling for control of the fallen Glasgow giants, the Ibrox faithful could yet have a vital part to play in the future of the club. Around 10 per cent of Rangers' shares are owned by fans and small shareholders.

McClaren hails Derby display

Steve McClaren praised his side's "mature display" after Derby leapfrogged Ipswich into second place in the Championship following a 1-0 win at Portman Road. Chris Martin's 18th of the season proved the difference, although Ipswich will look at their own role in the decider after the striker latched onto a poor back header by Tommy Smith.

"That was as good an away performance as we have had for a long time. This is a tough place to come but we put in a really mature display," he said.

"The game wasn't pretty at times but this performance, and the belief and confidence it will give us, is something we can build on."

Leeds coach to bulk up squad

Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn stressed the importance of adding to his relegation-threatened squad with "two or three players" following their 1-1 draw at Bolton. Redfearn felt his side deserved to win an evenly-fought contest which saw Eidur Gudjohnsen cancel out Rodolph Austin's early penalty with a spot-kick of his own three minutes into the second half. Redfearn now wants to boost his squad and sign some players with Championship experience.

"I've got to see which is the best way forward, but we need two or three players to stiffen us up, he said.

Donaldson hits classy hat-trick

Malky Mackay's Wigan woes continued as Clayton Donaldson's hat-trick fired Birmingham to a comfortable win at St Andrew's. The Latics have now won only one of eight league games under the Scot's guidance and looked set for their sixth league defeat in that spell right from the first minute.

Donaldson headed in after 67 seconds and made it 2-0 with a tap-in 13 minutes later. James McClean's superb curling effort reduced the deficit before the break, but the Blues' striker's third just after the hour.

Real back to winning ways

La Liga leaders Real Madrid claimed a comprehensive victory after consecutive defeats when they shrugged off playing most of the second half with 10 men to secure a 3-0 win at home to mid-table Espanyol.

Real took the lead at their Bernabeu arena when Cristiano Ronaldo set James Rodriguez up to score in the 12th minute. Gareth Bale arrowed a free kick into the net off a post to make it 2-0 in the 28th minute before Fabio Coentrao was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle eight minutes into the second half. Despite that setback, Nacho clipped home a third goal for Real, the defender's first for the club, 14 minutes from time.

Enrique puts his job on line

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists he will quit the moment he feels he does not have the support of the dressing room.

Barca welcome Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp with reports of dressing-room unrest and speculation over the future of Lionel Messi. A number of players are said to be unhappy with Enrique's tactical and coaching methods since he replaced Gerardo Martino in the summer.

"There are so many spiteful comments and speculations going around, and if I was to confirm or deny any one of them, then I'd have to do the same thing for all of them," he said. "It's a dangerous game and I don't intend to play it."

"The day I feel that my players aren't behind me will be the day that I leave this club. But that is not something that I have felt the need to do at any stage of my career."

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