19 Aug Deila: Celtic can finish the job in Malmo
Ronny Deila insists Celtic can qualify for the Champions League despite suffering a late blow against Malmo.
Celtic take a slender 3-2 advantage ahead of the second leg in Sweden in six days’ time but will be bitterly disappointed after conceding a second away goal deep into stoppage time.
Nevertheless, Deila remains convinced that the Hoops can reach the group stages.
He told BT Sport: “We’re leading so they have to win the game. We create chances and score goals nearly every game so it’s going to be interesting in Malmo but we have a good chance.
“We’re very disappointed and irritated but it’s done now and we have to go on. We have a lead and we are going to go and do it in Malmo.”
Celtic stormed to a two-goal lead through goals from Leigh Griffiths and Nir Bitton but were pegged back wihen Jo Inge Berget fizzed in a fierce volley.
Griffiths restored the Scottish champions’ two-goal cushion with a looping header but former Celt Berget blasted the ball into the back of the net in stioppage time.
`We started the game very well and we controlled the first half,” Deila continued.
“They didn’t have any real chances but in the second half we should have passed the ball better but instead they get the second goal which we shouldn’t have conceded.
“I don’t think they had many chances but they were very effective and scored the chances they had.”
Meanwhile, Malmo coach Age Hareide admits he was delighted to come away only 3-2 down.
He said: “Would we have settled for 3-1? Yeah. It’s important that we get the goals. We gave away the third goal so I think it is a fair result for the second half.
“We started terribly. We slept in the beginning maybe it was because of the atmosphere and pressure. It took us a while to get over that.
“In the second half we showed that we are a better physical side than Celtic they dropped their standard of running. It was a good result.”