Charlie Mulgrew insists Celtic are concentrating on silencing mouthy Malmo

  • After losing their Champions League qualifier first leg in Glasgow 3-2, Malmo made some outrageous comments about Celtic
  • Goalkeeper Johan Wiland branded the Celtic players 'pigs' and 'children' 
  • Celtic will now play Malmo again at the Swedbank Stadion on Tuesday night
  • Charlie Mulgrew has insisted that Celtic will do their talking on the pitch 

Charlie Mulgrew insists Celtic will concentrate on silencing a mouthy Malmo side on the pitch on Tuesday night.

The Parkhead side travel to Sweden on Monday morning for a do-or-die Champions League qualifier worth £16million.

After losing the first game in Glasgow 3-2, Age Hareide's side made a series of outrageous comments about their opponents.

Charlie Mulgrew (right) stood in as Celtic captain for Scott Brown in Saturday's 3-1 win at Dundee United

Charlie Mulgrew (right) stood in as Celtic captain for Scott Brown in Saturday's 3-1 win at Dundee United

The 29-year-old Scotland international has insisted that Celtic will do their talking on the pitch vs Malmo

The 29-year-old Scotland international has insisted that Celtic will do their talking on the pitch vs Malmo

Goalkeeper Johan Wiland branded the Celtic players 'pigs' and 'children', with Leigh Griffiths, Scott Brown and Nadir Ciftci amongst those singled out for personal criticism.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has already called the jibes 'low level' and Mulgrew, standing in for captain Scott Brown as Deila made nine changes for Saturday's 3-1 win at Dundee United at Tannadice, responded: 'Is that what they said? Quoted? Interesting, that.

'If they want to say that then it's up to them. We'll not get involved in anything like that. We need to do our talking on the pitch, that's the only place to do it, to be honest.'

Mulgrew has witnessed both sides of the Champions League coin, qualifying twice for the group stages under Neil Lennon then suffering the ignominy of last season when Celtic lost out to Legia Warsaw and Maribor.

Describing the match in Malmo as 'massive', the Scotland international said: 'The whole pre-season focus goes into these games. It's a lot of work to get to where we are just now and we want to get over the line.

'Everything comes down to this. We'll be doing all we can to get there. We'll prepare right, we will leave no stone unturned.

Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland branded Celtic's players, including Brown (left), 'pigs' and 'children'

Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland branded Celtic's players, including Brown (left), 'pigs' and 'children'

'The mood is positive. The first game didn't end how we wanted in the last 10 minutes. But at the end of the day we won the game and we need to stay positive.

'Now we need to stay focused going over to Sweden. We'll look to win the game.

'They are a good side. No team that gets to this stage is a bad side, so they have quality and can pose problems. We'll need to be on our game.'

The Swedish champions lost their league game to Hacken 1-0 at the weekend as their poor domestic form continues.

Defender Rasmus Bengtsson was rested ahead of the Celtic game with key striker Marcus Rosenberg also set to return on Tuesday.

After losing the first game in Glasgow 3-2, Age Hareide's side made a series of outrageous comments

After losing the first game in Glasgow 3-2, Age Hareide's side made a series of outrageous comments

Mulgrew admitted that he has no idea if he will start after replacing Emilio Izaguirre at left-back against Stjarnan in a previous round.

'I don't know, it's up to the manager. Everybody in the squad is prepared to play. We'll all be preparing like we're starting.

'You saw against Dundee United there are a lot of people who can come in and do a good job in different positions. We're all fighting for places and that brings the best out of everyone.'

The main worry remains right back where Swede Mikael Lustig is fighting for fitness. His replacement Efe Ambrose remains error prone after conceding a penalty at Tannadice on Saturday.

New signing Saidy Janko could be pitched in at the Swedbank Stadium after completing 90 minutes at Tannadice, Mulgrew shrugging: 'It's not just about individuals, its about the whole team. We have a lot of types. You defend as a team and attack as a team.'

Saidy Janko could be pitched in at the Swedbank Stadium after completing 90 minutes at Tannadice

Saidy Janko could be pitched in at the Swedbank Stadium after completing 90 minutes at Tannadice

 

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