Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton told talkSPORT that he feels the team are a different proposition in Europe this season.
Celtic have a good chance of securing a place in the group stage of the Champions League, as they look to qualify for the competition after missing out as Ronny Deila embarked on life at the club last summer.
“The manager came in last year and things didn’t go well to begin with – I think Celtic are a different proposition this season, they’re defensively sound, which they weren’t last season, they were wide open in the Europa League – I think Celtic are better equipped but they have to prove it,” he told talkSPORT.
Can Celtic protect their slender lead?
It’s going to be interesting to see how Malmo approach the second leg of the game in Sweden because they have the advantage of two away goals in the bank.
They could look to sit back and try to steal the decisive goal on the counter attack, but that could work in Celtic’s favour.
Celtic don’t have to go chasing the game, which could leave them open at the back because they have already done enough if the second game ends 0-0.
Sutton suggests defensive improvement, but a lack of concentration in the side’s backline has made their job just that little bit more difficult, but hopefully they should still have enough to get over the line and progress to create some exciting European nights at Parkhead.