Celtic Player Ratings vs Malmo FF: Forrest shines, Ambrose cameo proves disastrous

Celtic emerged 3-2 victors in their Champions League play-off first leg at Parkhead tonight.

Craig Gordon : 6/10

It was a relatively quiet night for the Celtic stopper. Produced a fine save in the first half despite being unsighted but could do nothing to prevent Jo Inge Berget’s fearsome strike.

Mikael Lustig: 6/10

A solid if unspectacular showing from the Swede. Didn’t offer much in attacking areas but kept the ball well and stuck to his defensive duties before succumbing to a serious-looking hamstring injury late on.

Dedryck Boyata: 6/10

Used his athleticism to largely keep the Malmo forwards quiet but is erratic with his distribution and put Celtic under undue pressure at times.

Virgil van Dijk: 6/10

A generally commanding performance from the Dutchman, as has become the norm, but was at fault right at the death when he was out-jumped and gifted Malmo their second.

Emilio Izaguirre: 5/10

Was more adventurous than his right-sided counterpart but was guilty of gifting possession away far too often and failed to stay composed as tension crept in towards the end of the game.

Nir Biton: 7/10

Rose well to double Celtic’s lead and was a controlling presence in midfield for most of the game.

Scott Brown: 6/10

Pressed and hunted the ball well but his distribution wasn’t at its usual level. A poor clearing header started the move which led to Malmo’s first goal.

James Forrest: 9/10

An all-action display from the nippy winger. Proved a constant threat and never stopped pressing for the full 90 minutes. Arguably Man of the Match.

Stefan Johansen: 6/10

Provided an excellent assist for Leigh Griffiths’ opener and delivered some fantastic set pieces but was generally quiet during the game.

Stuart Armstrong: 8/10

Was a real threat - especially in Celtic’s explosive opening - and his driving run created the space for the Celtic opener. Came agonisingly close with a shot from the edge of the box.

Leigh Griffiths: 9/10 MOTM

Was there when it mattered and grabbed two vital goals. Showed great composure to slot away his first and great desire to leap above his man to make it 3-1.


Efe Ambrose: 1/10

A calamitous appearance after coming on for the injured Lustig. Gave away possession several times in his brief spell on the pitch and his error led to the corner that produced Malmo’s second.

Nadir Cifti: 4/10

Didn’t get a sniff in his brief cameo, pressed diligently and picked up a yellow card for his troubles but no attacking influence.

Gary Mackay-Steven: 5/10

Struggled to get involved as Celtic found themselves under the kosh, but provided a willing outlet.

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