Celtic won the first leg of the Champions League playoff qualifiers against Swedish side Malmo FF 3-2 at Celtic Park. Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland criticized the Celtic players behavior after the game.
Wiland were extremely critical in his comments about the Celtic players as he spoke to Swedish daily Kvallsposten.
“They are pigs, all of them, that’s the way it is,” Wiland said.. “You just have to try to stay cool and do what we have to do on the pitch. Leigh Griffiths, well, I don’t know what to say, he behaved like a child, tugging shirts all the time.”
Celtic took a 2-0 lead early in the match after goals by Griffiths and Nir Bilton. Malmo came back in the second half and got on the scoresheet thanks to former Celtic player Jo Inge Berget. The 24-year-old Norwegian scored a highlight-reel goal after taking a cross down with his chest and hitting the ball into the back of the net on the half volley.
Griffiths put Celtic back up by two later in the second half, but Berget also left Celtic Park with a brace after scoring in the dying seconds of the game. Berget wasn’t as keen in criticizing the players of his former club.
“I don’t want to say that they are a group of pigs,” Berget told Kvallsposten. “They have some tough players. We knew before the game that it would be tough so you just have to roll with it.”
Malmo has a good chance of advancing as the two away goals means they only need one goal at home in the second leg next week to go through to the Champions League group stage