Bitton suggests challenge Celtic must overcome to maintain Champions League dream

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton is confident the club can progress into the group stage of the Champions League.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels it’s time for the Bhoys to prove they are a Champions League team.

Celtic have a narrow advantage in their play-off tie against Malmo, after securing a 3-2 victory in the game at Parkhead earlier this week.

Bitton has admitted that it will be difficult for the side because of the away goals they have conceded, but he’s confident they can see out the tie and finish the job.

“We need to keep it. We could have finished the game earlier and when you don’t do that, you pay for it,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“We need to do as much as we can to protect our advantage but it will not be easy. But if we want to play Champions league we need to do it. We have to improve and it will be a difficult game over there.”

What can Celtic expect in the second leg?

It will be interesting to see how each team goes about the second leg in Sweden.

The fact Malmo have scored two away goals means that while they do need to score to progress, they can afford to be cautious, potentially sitting off and looking to grab that goal on the counter attack.

Celtic aren’t under any pressure to chase the game at all because as things stand, they have already done enough to take the tie.

They can back themselves to defend effectively and soak up some pressure though manager Ronny Deila will want his team to get on the front foot and put the match to bed.

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