Monday 11 December 2017

Malmo keeper: 'Celtic are pigs'

Celtic’s Scott Brown in foiled by Malmo’s Johan Wiland during last Wednesday’s Champions League play-off first leg.
Celtic’s Scott Brown in foiled by Malmo’s Johan Wiland during last Wednesday’s Champions League play-off first leg.

Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland branded Celtic players "pigs" following the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

The Swede hit out after his side fell to a 3-2 defeat in the play-off opener at Celtic Park, and reserved special vitriol for Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths.

Quoted on the Kvallsposten newspaper's website, the 34-year-old keeper said: "They are pigs, everybody, that's it. It's just about trying to be cool and do what we should be on the football field."

Griffiths netted two goals but did not impress Wiland, who saw Nir Bitton head a corner past him as he struggled to get past the former Hibernian striker on the line.

He said: "Griffiths is, I do not know what to say. He behaves like a child."

Another player, Rasmus Bengtsson, was quoted in the Swedish media claiming that Celtic had players who did too much talking on the pitch, including skipper Scott Brown, who had an argument with Hareide during the game.

And he accused substitute Nadir Ciftci of focusing more on bad-mouthing Malmo players than playing. The former Dundee United player was one of six players booked - three from each side - following an injury-time foul.

The criticism followed frank comments from Malmo coach Age Hareide in the post-match media conference.

After former Celtic player Jo Inge Berget netted his second goal in the fifth minute of injury time, Hareide claimed the hosts had looked tired in the closing stages and added: ''We saw against Inverness that they do not have the legs for 90 minutes."

Former Bhoy Jo Inge Berget was understandably pleased with his return to Parkhead where he scored twice in eight games during a short and unsuccessful loan period at the club last season.

The Norwegian attacker said: "My time at Celtic didn't go as I hoped so it was good to come back and have a good game.

"They can say I was a flop at Celtic but not right now in Malmo.

"Some of the fans booed a bit but after the game I got claps so that shows that they're good guys.

"It would have been even better if we won two nil but as the game was I think we should be happy how it ended. It was good to get two goals here and good to keep the game alive."

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