Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson predicts Celtic v Malmo Champions League clash

Paul Merson believes Celtic can edge out Malmo tonight.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that Celtic face a difficult challenge against Malmo, but predicted a win for the Bhoys.

After beating Stjarnan and Qarabag in the first two rounds of qualification, Celtic are now edging ever closer to the Champions League group stages.

Tonight, the Bhoys welcome Malmo to Glasgow for the first leg of their qualifying tie, with the Swedish outfit expected to pose the toughest test for Celtic so far.

Manager Ronny Deila needs to come through the tie having failed to quality for the Champions League last season, and the Bhoys crowd will be full of expectation this evening.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has cast his eye over the game, and has told Sky Sports that he believes Celtic will win the game 2-1 - acknowledging just how much Celtic need to claim a win from the first leg of the tie.

"It's a hard game for Celtic this but I'm going with the hosts, with the fans behind them, taking a 2-1 win, which is not a great result to be honest," said Merson. "It really is a difficult game for them, this, and they need a home lead," he added.

At home, in front of the famous Celtic Park crowd, Deila's men have to come out of the first leg with a victory, regardless of what scoreline it is.

Malmo will pose a tough test, but with quality players like Kris Commons, Stefan Johansen and Leigh Griffiths, Celtic should have enough to win the game tonight.

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