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Celtic 1-2 Molde: Ten-man Hoops suffer huge blow to Europa League last 32 hopes


Celtic’s Europa League hopes suffered another blow following a 2-1 home defeat by Molde – and the spotlight will surely turn back on boss Ronny Deila.

The offside flag deprived the Hoops of two goals in the first 12 minutes following the loss of Jozo Simunovic to injury before Mohamed Elyounoussi stunned Parkhead with a 20-yard drive.

Midfielder Kris Commons levelled five minutes later but Molde’s 40-year-old skipper Daniel Hestad restored the Norwegian club’s lead in the 37th minute to give them the interval advantage.

The hapless home side’s misery was compounded in the 77th minute when Nir Bitton, who had moved from midfield to defence in a reshuffle, was shown a straight red card by referee Slavko Vincic for a ‘last man’ tackle on Molde substitute Ola Kamara.

Defeat kept Deila’s side bottom of Group A with two points from four games and with a home game against Ajax and a trip to Fenerbahce remaining, the Scottish champions require two wins to progress, an unlikely scenario on the evidence so far.



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