Charlie Nicholas predicts Champions League exit for Celtic against Malmo


Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to the second legs of the Champions League play-off round matches involving Manchester United and Celtic.

Both sides are ahead in their respective ties after United beat Club Brugge 3-1 at Old Trafford and Celtic overcame Malmo 3-2 at home.

However, while United are strong favourites to progress to the group stages, Celtic conceded a late goal to leave the tie in the balance.

Does Nicholas expect his former side to progress in Sweden? And will United beat Brugge again? Read on for his predictions...

Malmo v Celtic (2-3 after first leg)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 19:  Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play o
Image: Celtic beat Malmo 3-2 at home but conceded a late goal

I'm obviously hoping Celtic can do this but Malmo are strong at home. My real concern is Mikael Lustig, who doesn't look fit at all to me.

Malmo will score but it's just a case then if Celtic can nick a goal. If they can nick a goal they are in with a chance. But my head tells me Malmo will sneak this 2-1 and go through on the away goals rule because of that stupid last-minute goal at Celtic Park.

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I've seen this too often with Celtic in the past. I do hope I'm wrong because I'd love Celtic to get back in the Champions League group stages but I just think Malmo will be too strong with Markus Rosenberg back in the team.

Nicholas predicts: 2-1 - Rosenberg first goalscorer (35/1 with SkyBet)

Club Brugge v Manchester United (1-3 after first leg)

 Memphis Depay of Manchester United in action
Image: Memphis Depay scored twice against Club Brugge

I think United will find it tough again because, as we know, they are not playing well and are finding goals and chances hard to come by.

However, I still think they'll be menacing enough and for that I think they'll get a draw after winning the first leg.

Nicholas predicts: 1-1 - Smalling first goalscorer (95/1 with SkyBet)

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