Celtic vs Midtjylland: Match Preview

Updated: Aug 5

Well, here we are then, the day before one of the biggest games of the campaign. Let’s check-in and see how the squad is doing...

We seem to have an ongoing situation with our goalkeepers where they are both trying their best to claim the number two spot every time they get a chance to “impress”. Our most consistent central defender has upped sticks and left for Brentford and the other reliable option pointed at another man’s face last week, picking up a red card and rendering himself suspended for this fixture.

That gives big Ange the dilemma of fielding two young prospects at centre-half in Welsh and Murray, who with the best will in the world will still be reeling from the performance that Michail Antonio put in against them at the weekend. Or does he thrust new signing Osaze Urhoghide into the limelight with his first competitive start? At least we know who will start at right full-back though…

You might sense a tone of jest in these words but in all seriousness, I’m not sure I can remember a Celtic defence being so ill-prepared for such a crucial fixture. I feel for Postecoglou because even though we have replaced Ajer with the regal-looking Carl Starfelt, the big Swede is unavailable for selection.

Putting the defensive worries to one side for a moment however, we do have the quality available further up the pitch to hurt this Midtjylland side, even in their own backyard.

In midfield, it’s matches like this that new captain, Callum McGregor, is going to earn his armband and in attack, we all know that on his night, Edouard can produce moments of magic to win games. Even if he does have one eye on a move elsewhere, a big performance in Denmark won’t do contract negotiations with prospective buyers any harm.

If he does fancy scoring the winner and sticking around for the next round, it’s looking likely that PSV will await us, after their 5 -1 thumping of Galatasaray in the first leg.

I’ve heard it’s lovely in Holland this time of year...