Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he hopes he’s seen the last of his players defying pre-match game plans.
Deila was unhappy with the decision of midfielder Stefan Johansen to insist on taking a penalty last night in the 2-0 win against FC Stjarnan, with striker Leigh Griffiths the man normally tasked with taking spot kicks.
Had Griffiths scored, it would have been an easier pill for Deila to swallow and he’s not held back in terms of letting his players know what he thinks, suggesting that his striker was affected mentally.
“It should be very clear – Leigh Griffiths was to take the penalties. That’s something we have to get out of the way,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“It’s happened before but that’s hopefully the last time we see that because that’s nothing about being professional or a team - Of course it affected Leigh. It put extra pressure on him.”
An easy issue for Ronny Deila to deal with
It shouldn’t be a problematic issue for Deila to sort out and it’s certainly not one that he will allow to develop into a problem in terms of friction within his squad.
It’s only natural for a player who has been fouled inside the opponent’s penalty area to want to set the record straight, taking the spot kick himself to achieve a sense of justice.
However, Griffiths’ record from the spot last season was pretty good and he’s normally a very reliable player in terms of set pieces.
Deila has already dealt with the issue, the players have moved on and hopefully the blueprint will be clear the next time Celtic are faced with a spot kick in a high pressure situation.