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Ronny Deila gives Aleksandar Tonev full backing

Ronny Deila backs Aleksandar Tonev to put off-the-field matters behind him ahead of Celtic's opening Europa League group game this evening.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has insisted that off-the-field issues have not had an impact on preparations ahead of his side's opening Europa League group game.

Hoops winger Aleksandar Tonev was accused earlier this week of racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan during the recent meeting between the two clubs.

The Scottish champions, who face Red Bull Salzburg this evening, were quick to deny allegations, and Deila has backed Tonev to succeed following his loan move from Aston Villa.

"That has been no trouble for him," the Norwegian is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "We made a statement and I trust my players. I know he didn't do it.

"He is an honest player and I believe in what he is saying. He has not wasted any energy on that at all. He seems very comfortable. We are in a good mood with the whole squad and it is nothing we have used energy on.

"Aleksandar needs games. He hasn't played for a long, long time and that's the problem with a lot of the players we have. They have been in and out for a while. But he is mentally good."

Celtic are currently fourth in the Scottish Premiership table.

Aleksandar Tonev of Aston Villa looks on during a Pre Season Friendly between Aston Villa and Malaga at Villa Park on August 10, 2013
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