Malmo pleased to draw Celtic, says Robert Prytz

By Kheredine IdessaneBBC Scotland
Markus Rosenberg scores for Malmo against Salzburg
Markus Rosenberg helped Malmo defeat Salzburg

Malmo will be satisfied to have drawn Celtic, according to former club stalwart and Sweden international Robert Prytz.

Ronny Deila's side tackle the Swedes in the Champions League play-off round on 19 and 25 August.

Malmo overturned a 2-0 deficit at home to Salzburg, winning 3-0 to progress.

"They were hoping to get Celtic and didn't want to get Basel because they thought they were the hardest team in the group," Prytz told BBC Scotland.

"Malmo are very strong at home because the crowd is unbelievable; that's how they went past the game in midweek against Salzburg, because of the crowd - they helped them out.

"I think it will be a close game and a tight game; there's probably only going to be a goal in it."

The first leg is at Celtic Park and, asked what kind of lead the Scottish champions would require to take into the return, former Rangers midfielder Prytz said: "I think they need a two-goal advantage to have a chance.

"They played with 10 men on Wednesday night for half an hour and still played some great football."

Robert Prytz (right) in action for Rangers against Celtic
Robert Prytz (right) played for Rangers and Malmo in a distinguished career

Among the starters against Salzburg on Wednesday were former West Brom striker Markus Rosenberg, Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason, who had spells with Plymouth Argyle, Aberdeen and Rotherham United, and Joe Inge Berget, the Norway midfielder who had an unsuccessful loan spell last season with Celtic from Cardiff City.

Berget's international team-mate, Magnus Eikrem, who also switched to Malmo from Cardiff, was on the bench

"The most experienced player for Malmo is Markus Rosenberg, but he's not playing in the first leg against Celtic because he got his third yellow card in the previous match," said Prytz.

"So they're going to miss him terribly. They've brought in a good Serbian player, Nikola Djurdic. He can score goals from everywhere. "

With Age Hareide's side languishing in sixth place in the Allsvenskan, and Celtic just one match into their domestic league season, Prytz found it tough to pick a winner.

"I think it's like they've got the Champions League in their heads from last year," he said of the Swedish champions.

"They've won the Swedish championship for the last two years in a row, but they haven't been playing that well.

"But I think they've got their confidence back now and I think they'll pick up the pace for the championship now as well.

"With my heart, I say Malmo because I played for them. But, like I said, it's going to be a close tie and you can't predict which of the two are going to go through."