Celtic boss Ronny Deila has refused to get into a war of words with Malmo manager Age Hareide.

The Scottish champions recorded a narrow 3-2 win over the Swedish outfit in the first leg of their Champions League playoff round tie on Wednesday night.

Malmo grabbed a late second goal to knock some of the wind out of Celtic’s sails and keep the tie on the tenterhooks going into next week’s decisive leg in Sweden.

The Malmo coach questioned the fitness of the Celtic players during the final phase of their game on Wednesday, but Deila refused to get into a war of words with Hareide.

The Celtic boss insisted that he is confident about his team going into the next few games and stressed that he is aware of the Malmo coach’s antics from his time in Norway.


"We can't go down to that level, that's not Celtic”, Deila was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"We showed some great football and we are very confident going into these games coming up.

"I've seen Mr. Hareide very high up and very low down when we've been together in Norway so it's not anything new.”

The Celtic boss also pointed out they are the ones who won on the night and stressed that his team will provide the answers with their performance against Malmo next Tuesday.

However, with a 3-2 scoreline he feels the Bhoys have their work cut out against Malmo next week.

"It seems like they won 3-0, 4-0 when he talks. I can't see that result. I've seen the same in Norway, talking high, but I've seen also very low down so that's up to him.

"We have to speak with our legs on the pitch. Now, it's 3-2 when we go into the second leg.

“It's going to be a tough game, but we're going to be prepared and we want to win that game.”

Before their trip to Malmo, Celtic have to deal with an away fixture against Dundee United tomorrow to navigate.