Ronny Deila confident Celtic can complete Malmo task

Malmo v Celtic Champions League Ronny Deila

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila says his players should be confident of getting past Malmo in their Champions League play-off despite conceding a late goal in the first leg.

The Hoops appeared set to carry a two-goal advantage to Sweden only for former Celtic loanee Jo Inge Berget to score a 95th-minute goal at Celtic Park to ensure Malmo went home relatively happy with a 3-2 defeat.

Celtic had raced into a two-goal lead inside 10 minutes courtesy of goals from Leigh Griffiths and Nir Biton before Berget volleyed home for Malmo just after half-time.

Griffiths headed Celtic back into a clear lead before Berget was allowed time and space in the six-yard box with the final kick of the game to score a crucial second away goal.

Deila was upbeat afterwards and insisted his team are capable of getting a positive result in Sweden on Tuesday.

“We are ahead with one goal. Of course we can beat Malmo away. But they have to beat us and that is a positive thing. They have to attack us and that can suit us,” said the Norwegian.

Deila says Celtic will have no fear of going to Malmo with a one-goal lead and he expects there to be little between the teams when the second leg is complete.

“No, it doesn’t scare me. I said they were a good team and it is small details that make you win or lose in European ties,” he said.

Celtic successfully protected a one-goal lead against Qarabag in the previous round, picking up a scoreless draw in Baku in the second leg.

Before travelling to Sweden, Celtic face a trip to Tannadice on Saturday to play Dundee United, a game the Scottish champions are 1.36 to win, with Griffiths 4.50 to open the scoring against the Tangerines.

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