Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told the Glasgow Evening Times why he feels it would be particularly significant for Celtic to qualify for the Champions League.
Ronny Deila’s side take on Malmo in the first-leg of their play-off game this evening, with the group stage of the competition now within touching distance.
Ferguson, who won the tournament twice with Manchester United, has suggested that while a challenge, he doesn’t think it’s beyond the Bhoys to qualify.
“I think it would be an achievement because Scottish teams over the last few years have found it very difficult in the Champions League,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“What Celtic have achieved at the moment, they have got to this stage and they can get into the Group Stage. I think the challenge is not beyond them.”
“I don’t know a lot about Malmo but Swedish football is not as strong as it was say twenty years ago.”
A solid first leg performance
A solid performance in the first leg is exactly what Celtic need and an advantage which they can protect looking ahead to the second game.
There are plenty of reasons as to why the Bhoys should be confident of a victory and they have the superior quality when compared to their opponents.
However, Deila has a big role to play in terms of keeping everyone calm and focused on the job in hand that his team have to do.
Celtic have worked extremely hard to get to this point and it’s vital that they make sure they finish the job.