Hartson suggests Celtic need to make life easy for themselves in Champions League play-off

Former Celtic striker John Hartson feels there are two main reasons the Champions League is important for the Bhoys.

Former Celtic forward John Hartson told talkSPORT that he wants to see his old side take a healthy advantage into the second leg of their Champions League play-off game against Malmo.

The Bhoys face the Swedish club in the first leg of the tie this evening and Hartson wants them to make life easy for themselves, avoiding the nerves he feels they created for themselves against FC Qarabag.

Hartson has also cited two main reasons he feels the Champions League is so important for Celtic moving forward.

“It’s the importance of Champions League football around the club and financially and the feel good factor around the club, as they never quite made it last season,” he told talkSPORT.

“I thought they gave themselves quite a lot to do in the last round against Qarabag and they need to take a better result over to Sweden next week.”

Make the most of home advantage

Some Celtic fans may have preferred the team to have home advantage in the second leg, but playing at Parkhead in the first game could work in the club’s favour.

They know that Malmo are going to be tentative in terms of getting on the front foot to attack.

They can’t be too open and will more than likely be sitting back, looking to absorb pressure heading into the second game.

Therefore, Celtic know they can get onto the front foot and really get at Malmo, who will be relying on space via the counter attack to give them a chance to score.

With the crowd behind them, the Bhoys have every chance of building an advantage.

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