Five things we learned from Celtic's win over Malmo

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The Bhoys take a 3-2 lead into the second leg after a tricky encounter at Parkhead

Dedryck Boyata will be a liability against top opposition

The former Manchester City man has looked impressive, at times, since his move and has the athleticism to deal with danger more often than not in the Scottish Premiership.

When it comes to Europe’s premier competition however, the 24-year old’s erratic distribution and risk-taking is sure to be punished by higher quality opposition.

There is a lack of depth defensively

The unfortunate injury sustained by Mikael Lustig opened the door for a calamitous showing by Efe Ambrose. He gifted possession to Malmo several times during his brief stint and it was his error that presented the Swedish side with the corner that produced their second goal.

Beyond the first choice defenders, Celtic lack quality alternatives and it’s a situation that will become a whole lot worse should Virgil van Dijk leave.

Pace in attack will cause any team problems

On the bright side, Celtic’s attack – particularly in the early phase of the game – was vibrant, and with the likes of Lee Griffiths, James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong, the Hoops have the pace to be a threat to any team they come across in Europe.

First-choice striker is now clear

Debate has raged over who will emerge as Celtic’s first-choice striker this season, but after last night’s showing - Griffiths is now undoubtedly the main man.

His pace and ability to press - in tandem with the three attacking midfielders - is vital for the way Celtic play and Nadir Cifti hasn’t appeared quite up to the task in his first few appearances

Celtic have yet to learn game management in Europe

It’s an issue which has plagued the club’s recent experiences in Europe and it doesn’t look like Ronny Deila’s side have learned from past mistakes.

After storming into a two-goal lead, Celtic had Malmo exactly where they wanted but proceeded to over-commit and take unnecessary risks, eventually allowing the Swedish club back into the tie.

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