Ronny Deila outlines the main target that he has given Celtic's squad


Celtic take on Fenerbahce in the Europa League later this evening.

Ronny Deila has told Celtic's official website that the club's main target in 2015 is to ensure that they progress from their Europa League group.

Celtic have been drawn in a tough group, alongside the likes of Fenerbahce and Ajax, but Deila is confident that his team can advance.

The Bhoys made it to the Round of 32 last season, before being knocked out by Inter Milan, but Deila is hoping that they can go even further in the competition this time around. 

“We want to do everything we can to make sure we’re playing European football in February next year,” he said. “That’s the main target before Christmas, and if you can do that, then anything is possible because it’s a knockout tournament.

"You have to have a little bit of luck and you have to develop as a team, but you never know.

Celtic's entry into the Europa League came as something of a consolation prize, as they had intended to make it into the Champions League. 

Deila's men missed out on playing in Europe's premier competition last season, and went all out to make it through the qualification stage this time around.

However, they were dumped out by Malmo and have had to pick themselves up from that disappointment.

Deila is not treating the Europa League as a distraction, though, and his desire to go deep into the tournament is now public knowledge.

Celtic started their European campaign with a 2-2 draw against Ajax, and play against Fenerbahce at Parkhead later this evening.  

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