Form vagaries of Malmo for Celtic


Celtic will play Malmo in the Champions League play-off round, the third time since 2012 they will face champions from Sweden. The main concern for Ronny Deila is the manner in which Malmo disposed of Salzburg 3-0 on Wednesday night, but there is context to put that into. In the previous round the Swedes only managed a 0-0 at home to Lithuanians Zalgiris Vilnius, before winning 0-1 away.

Those three goals against Salzburg, which arrived inside 45 minutes, will be the subject of a lot of research over the next few days.

In 2013 Celtic struggled to blow away the cobwebs against Elfsborg, recording a 1-0 home win and a 0-0 draw away. A year earlier they beat Helsingborgs 2-0 home and away.

The most encouraging aspect for Ronny will be Malmo’s domestic form. They are current 6th in the Allsvenskan after 18 games and will struggle to qualify for Europe next season. A home game against league leaders Gothenburg on Sunday will be Celtic’s most important reconnaissance exercise.

Oh, and put out the flags, Malmo play on grass!!

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  1. Malmo, damn, only because I know of them. My 3rd pick out of 5.


    Tough but we are capable of tanking them at home.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    I like the way T.D. sees it.






    TONYDONNELLY67 on 7TH AUGUST 2015 11:36 AM


    Ach ffs, let’s not bother turning up, we won’t beat Malmo, we can’t score, they are bigger than us, they have a fanatic home support, not the draw I wanted, were at home first, honest ti god it beggars belief, never known so many S…. Bags, Malmo? Bring it on, I hope to feck no players come in here today, then again, some of the lurking Huns flashed there drawers there, I saw them.



    Lurking Huns GIRFUYs.

  3. Paul67



    I echo Almores request. When saying mnew article posted can a hyperlink be provided?

  4. I think it was going to be difficult no matter who we were drawn against.


    It is who it is.


    Lets just go about this in the correct way, play our best and we should go thru.


    Group stage is where its at. A few quid and a decent run and I will be happy.

  5. 50 shades of green on

    Dont know why people think being at home first is a disadvantage.



    Win the match and we have an advantage ie the last round.



    Ronny and the 2Js will have the Bhoys ready. And if we dont sell Virgil then I think Zadoc the priest will be heard at Paradise again this season.

  6. Malmo…….. nice city but nae cheap.Stadium is very close to the city centre in the middle of a large public park.


    Great draw for us need to keep a clean sheet at home though.

  7. My friends in Celtic,



    Oh Dear, the feel good factor from the other night has definitely gone.



    Away to buy the latest editions of the Record and the Sun to get some more positive perspective.



    We underestimate no one, however we should embrace this tie not fear it. Every Celtic fan on here is well aware of our limitations but to keep reiterating that we are mediocre is frankly unhelpful.



    HH, in Ronny we trust.

  8. Never easy at this stage but I feel the Bhoys can do this. At least the weather and the pitch wont be issues and it should be purely down to football.







  9. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    We’re DOOMED! DOOMED ah tell ye!



    Well going by some of the reaction on here anyway.

  10. Marrakesh Express on

    Fair bit of doom on here already. Nobody wanted Celtic, that’s guaranteed. PL must make sure it’s 60k at Parkhead for the first leg. ‘fanatical Malmo fans?’ let’s blow the roof off at our place. If it can affect Barca and Man Utd?


    Swedish league leaders Gothenburg were knocked out of Europa last night by Belenenses of Portugal.


    Malmo will be no tougher than Qarabag in my opinion, so it’s about how we perform.


    Our striker position is my only concern but we’ll still be odds on to go through.

  11. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    You need to beat what is in front of you. Better teams see us play better football. I’m with TD bring it on whether it be Barcelona, Real Madrid or Malmo.You can’t guage yourself against lesser opposition.


    Not one of the woe, woe and thrice woe brigade.



    Hail! Hail! PMTYH

  12. Delaneys Dunky on

    Happy with the draw.


    Malmo will be a tough test with two competitive games, which we shall win home and away. Hopefully

  13. We’ve experienced some difficult ties against unknown quantities in previous rounds and seasons – Malmo are not in this category.



    They play in a league, country (short trip) and climate that we are familiar with and as a bonus – they play on grass! Also, they will be minus 2 key players through suspension.



    Full house at CP plus a fit Squad could see us put this tie to bed in the first leg – a minimum 2 goal lead should be our target. That or better would allow us to control the second leg.



    The CL is about stepping up performances round by round if you want to make progress – I think Celtic are more than capable of doing so.



    Looking forward to it. H!H!

  14. Captain Beefheart on

    I don’t think many of us are worrying about their scintillating strengths. Rather we worry about our limitations. Doesn’t make us huns.

  15. Malmo the next team to fall to the green machine. MON the hoops. Big Johan came from there if I remember correctly maybes not doesn’t matter we will win Ronny knows how the scan dies play. Hail hail

  16. jimbob71 is praying with wee Oscar on

    I’m confident in our ability to get to the group stages.



    I haven’t felt uneasy in any game we’ve played so far.


    The team seem together, happy and desperate to do well. They want to play CL football as much as we want to see them playing with the best.



    Be positive, get rid of all negativity and focus on our team, not what Malmo may or may not do.



    Bring it on!

  17. If we had drawn Malmo in the Champions league group stage most of us would have been happy.

  18. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Happy with the draw and also with the first game at home.


    A 1-0 win will do me just fine.Bring them on.

  19. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    It doesn’t matter who you play against, not conceding at home is probably more important than anything. Looking forward to both ties. We should be more relaxed as knowing that defeat does not mean elimination from Europe.


    Wednesday night’s game had the added pressure of the uncertainty of European football up to Christmas, that uncertainty and pressure have been removed.


    We should be embracing games like these. To be the best you need to beat the best.


    The more the MSM big-up the opposition the better it gives the Bhoys an added incentive. Just look at Broonie’s face and expression at the final whistle on Wednesday, there’s a determination in that squad we’ve maybe not seen for a wee while.

  20. Regarding the order of the matches – I much prefer to play at home first – imagine if we had come back from Qarabag with a nil nil – I contend we would have been a bag of nerves, -an away goal for them would have dictated our approach – ‘throwing caution to the wind’



    A one nil at home against Malmo may be all we need – we can be patient at CP and give nothing away.



    There appears to be no aggravating factors – we can beat them on merit, if we can’t then it’s EL, because we are not good enough.

  21. Malmö are a classic team with a fraction of a turnover that we have struggled with



    Reason. Most of these clubs are run as Wait for it. Football clubs , while we are run for an AGM balance sheet



    Strikergate and AGMtransfergate leading to bonusgate has cost our club millions


    We scored one goal against the mighty carrierbag as we have have not invested in goalscorers



    We must score goals v Malmö

  22. for all doom merchants out there, get a grip, if were good enough we will proceed to the sections, our attitude should be who’s next.

  23. coolmore mafia on

    I’ll go for 0-0 at home, and 1-1 away. I know its mad talk, but we are in it to win it. Who’s to say we can’t be the jammiest team since Robinson and Hartley were at the jambos and win it again. It is possible. Anything less and PL can get tae.

  24. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has fined Malmo 100,000 euros for a sub-standard playing surface in the Champions League.



    UEFA says its disciplinary panel cited “the poor condition of the pitch at the club’s three home group stage matches.”



    Juventus players raised concerns about the Swedbank Stadium turf before their 2-0 win on Nov. 26.



    The match was played three weeks after the spring-to-autumn Swedish season ended.



    UEFA says half of Malmo’s fine is deferred for a two-year probationary period.



    Malmo earned almost 10 million euros ($11 million) in UEFA prize money for placing last in a group which included Atletico Madrid and Olympiakos. The club will get more from broadcasting rights fees.



    As Sweden’s champions in 2014, Malmo return to the Champions League qualifying rounds in July.

  25. Almore, If you are at the bottom of the old article and looking for the new article, click on the CQN logo at bottom left, which takes you to the home page.



    Auldheid, will try to remember.

  26. AlexanderLundq on

    Malmö fan myself. Love watching Celtic play, big Larsson fan you know :)… Anyway I wouldn’t dismiss Malmö! Look at their route to CL group stage last year, beat Sparta Prague, Salzburg. Also managed to beat Olympiakos at home!



    And to all the fans considering going to Malmö, I recommend it! Friendly city and just 20 minutes with train and you’re in Copenhagen.



    And to all of you who are not afraid of Malmö:





    Or you could just think good thoughts like….




  28. glendalystonsils on

    Ronny D is usually very measured in his statements and is not given to making brash claims.



    So, when he said after the Qarabag tie that NONE of our possible 3rd round opponents would be more difficult than Qarabag, I think we should trust his judgement.

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