Ronny Deila was delighted with Kris Commons' performance for Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night, as the experienced midfielder registered two assists for the Bhoys during a 2-2 draw in Amsterdam.
Celtic took the lead twice but were pegged back on each occasion, although Emilio Izaguirre's sending off means a point with 10 men is a very creditable achievement.
Deila, meanwhile, says Commons has been very unlucky this year with injuries and explained that his experience was a key reason behind using him against Ajax.
The 32-year-old came up trumps and the Norwegian coach was very pleased indeed, telling reporters after the game:
RD on @kcommons15 "He creates things. Kris is a very good footballer. Very unlucky this year. Out for six weeks with injured toe." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 17, 2015
RD: "So he hasn't started so many games. We know he can create things & is very experienced and I wanted experienced players tonight." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 17, 2015
On Izaguirre, however, Deila spoke of the difficulty of avoiding his sending off by substituting him.
The Celtic boss could have taken the Honduran off but outlined several reasons as to why he didn't, with the full-back himself ending up ensuring he went off - just without being replaced.
RD on whether he considered taking Emilo Izaguirre off: "It was very difficult as he had very good control of El Ghazi." #UEL (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 17, 2015
RD: "In the first half, he didn't do anything. He got caught once inside once but it was very difficult decision to take him off." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 17, 2015
RD: "We also had players with cramps & some of the players hadn't played so much and needed to come off, so difficult situation." #UEL (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 17, 2015
Next up for Celtic is a Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee on Sunday afternoon. Despite not winning a game they controlled until the sending off, this was still a very good response to recent disappointments for the Hoops.