Malmo quickly followed up their best result of the season against Salzburg with a 2-1 win over top of the table Gothenburg. They remain four points off the pace but whatever form issues they have had in recent months appear to be resolved.
Champions League football was a harsh experience for Malmo last season. They qualified after beating Salzburg 3-0 in the play-off round, coincidentally the same score they beat the same opponents by in the last round. While Salzburg went on to top Celtic’s Europa League group, Malmo lost home and away to Juventus and Atletico Madrid, winning their only points in a home win over Olympiakos.
I’m sure Celtic will have scouted yesterday’s game in Malmo and will have learned more about the home team than Malmo learned about Celtic during yesterday’s stroll in the park at Firhill. We will have seen them at their best, they will have seen us scarcely breaking sweat.
Ronny will have an idea of the extent of the challenge ahead. Malmo might not be a match for Juventus or Atletico but they know how to play European football. We will all have an important job to do at Celtic Park next week.