Celtic team to play Malmo tonight: Starting XI good enough to qualify for the Champions League group stage?

first_img 6. Nir Bitton 20. Dedryck Boyata 5. Virgil van Dijk 16. Gary Mackay-Steven 1. Craig Gordon – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Celtic team by leaving a comment below Celtic missed out on the Champions League group stage last season, which was deeply disappointing for a club of the Hoops’ stature.European champions in 1967 and victors over Barcelona as recently as 2013, the Scottish champions face Swedish title holders Malmo in the final qualifying round for the right to progress to the competition proper.With the first leg at Parkhead, Celtic will probably need to take a lead to Scandinavia if they are to progress.Malmo are already 20 games into their own league season, which is played from April until October, which might be viewed as an advantage, but they are currently trailing in fifth place, four points behind the leaders.They have won their last three games on the spin, though, including a 3-0 second leg win over Austrian club Salzburg to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the third qualifying round, setting up the meeting with Celtic.Malmo also inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Swedish league leaders IFK Gothenburg 10 days ago, so Celtic can expect a tough tie.With the Hoops expected to sweep all before them domestically, it’s more important than ever that they reach the group stage, where Ronny Deila’s men can test themselves against the cream of Europe once more.What team would you pick? Do you think Celtic will get through? Comment below… 11 11 9. Leigh Griffiths 11 8. Scott Brown 3. Emilio Izaguirre 11 25. Stefan Johansen 11 11 14. Stuart Armstrong 11 11 11 11 23. Mikael Lustig 11last_img read more