Gordon Strachan predicts Celtic's Champions League chances, singles out two key men

The Scotland boss has been discussing Celtic's Champions League play-off second leg against Malmo.

Gordon Strachan is calm about Celtic's chances of progressing into the Champions League group stages, according to the Glasgow Evening Times.

The Hoops beat Malmo 3-2 at Parkhead on Wednesday night but their play-off first-leg win was marred by the concession of a late goal.

That said, Strachan feels Malmo will give Celtic opportunities to add to their tally in the second leg - and is therefore optimistic about the Scottish champions' chances of getting past their Swedish opponents.

The Scotland boss is quoted as saying by the GET: "I believe Malmo, on their own ground, will give the ball away too many times.

"They’ve got good players but not top players. Celtic will get a chance from a breakaway - maybe, at least, two opportunities.

"The two wide men - James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong - in the first 20 minutes ran the ball at the defenders and made them make mistakes. They made them give away corner-kicks and that was encouraging."

It's an interesting approach from Strachan... is it the right one?

What got Celtic through their Qarabag tie was simply solid defending. A clean sheet was good enough and, playing the percentages, setting up to defend once again could be the Bhoys' best bet in Malmo.

It depends, though, just how much success Ronny Deila's men can enjoy in the final third. If Forrest and Armstrong can force the Swedish side into more mistakes, an early away goal would naturally make life much easier for Celtic. But that strategy would obviously come with its risks...

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