It’s Thursday night Europa League action as Celtic travel to Copenhagen in the first leg if the last 32 tie.
Celtic should go in to the game full of confidence after winning the group and recording a great win away over Ajax and a draw away to Rennes. We have a great chance to reach the quarter finals for the first time since Villarreal knocked us out back in 2004.
Copenhagen returned from their mid season break with a poor result away to a second from bottom Esbjerg, losing 1-0. They currently sit second in the Danish Superliga with a record of W15, D1, L5, they trail Midtjylland by six points. In the Europa this season they came through a group featuring Dinamo Kyiv, Malmo and Lugano. They won only two games, doing the double over Lugano, they picked up home and away draws with Kyiv and had an away draw with Malmo while suffering a defeat in the return in Denmark.
Meanwhile reports in Denmark suggest Copenhagen are about to sell their 13 goal striker Pieros Sotiriou to Astana imminently and he could miss the clash.
All in all, points to a team that Celtic should feel we have a good chance against.
Neil Lennon has some injury concerns to deal with, notably Greg Taylor, who suffered an injury against Aberdeen and a knock for Leigh Griffiths which could mean we revert back to a 4-3-3 formation.
Given our European displays this season then we should be confident of a result.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.