Age Hareide is switching on the mind games ahead of the Champions League qualification matches coming up.
This week Celtic take on Malmo in the Champions League qualifying round and the coach of the Swedish club has seemingly got involved in a little bit of pre-match kidology.
Age Hareide is the boss at the Swedish side, who will be hoping to book their place in the Champions League Group Stage for second season in a row this campaign.
He has however made it clear that he is not happy with the fact Celtic have signed a new player, in the form Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan, just prior to the game.
However, he didn’t seem that bothered about the midfielder.
He is quoted by the Daily Record as stating:
“I don’t know anything about Scott Allan as I haven’t seen Hibernian play so I have no idea.
“We can’t change UEFA rules but it’s different for us in Sweden (transfer window currently shut). We are in Champions League qualifiers but can’t sign players after the second round.”
Quite a lashing.
Allan, who was the centre of a bidding war from Rangers this summer, arrived at Celtic earlier in the week and after these comments will be chomping at the bit to get at the Swedish side.
The Malmo boss though is surely trying to plant seeds in the mind of his Norwegian counterpart Ronny Deila ahead of the game.
Deila might have already been wondering what to do with Allan, regards the Malmo tie. Now that decision will have become a little bit harder still.
The best thing for Deila to do would be to ignore Hareide’s rants and just play the game as he would regardless. With or without Scott Allan.