Over the next two weeks Celtic will face Malmo in a two-legged tie that will ultimately decide their European fate for this season. The Hoops will be keen to avoid a repeat of last season when they fell at this final hurdle, losing 2-1 on aggregate to NK Maribor and having to settle for a spot in the Europa League competition.
A year on from Ronny Deila's disastrous start to his Celtic career, the Norwegian manager has got his team playing at a much higher level, often displaying an exciting attacking brand of football that even caused Italian giants Inter Milan problems in the playoff rounds of last season’s Europa League.
Celtic are now desperate for a return to the Champions League group stages this season and the fans will be cautiously optimistic that their team are more than capable of making it back into European football’s biggest competition.
Qualification won’t be an easy task however, with Swedish champions Malmo hoping to make a return to the group stages in which they competed last season. The Swedes showed their pedigree in the last qualifying round, eliminating the much fancied Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 on aggregate. Celtic will therefore have to be fully focused and get their game-plan right should they wish to achieve qualification.
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