Celtic travel to Denmark to face FC Midtjylland on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier.
We travel on the back of a 6-2 friendly defeat against West Ham on Saturday, a game in which our fragile defence showed their weaknesses to the full. Hopefully the young defenders who are likely to start on Wednesday don’t let the performance get into their heads as Midtjylland don’t have a player of the ability of Michail Antonio who had a field day.
I said before the game I thought it was strange taking on a friendly in between the two qualifiers against high profile opposition, fair enough taking a game on to improve fitness but not one where ultimately we got hammered.
After the draw with Midtjylland last week, most fans were fairly optimistic going into second leg, not sure if that is still the case.
The Danish side were in league action on Saturday and recorded an away 1-0 win to Aalborg, Junior Brumado with the only goal of the game. A fair bit better than what we done at the weekend.
Barkas again showed some failings for the second match in a row and goalkeeper has to be a priority on the recruitment front along with a right back. Reports suggest Portuguese right back Aurelia Buta has agreed to a transfer from Royal Antwerp which could solve that problem position. Celtic are also expecting a bid from Brighton for Odsonne Edouard who still doesn’t look too interested when on the pitch.
Will Ange change the goalkeeper for the FC Midtjylland game or stick with Barkas, unfortunately there is not too much between Barkas and Bain. The defence picks itself due to injuries and suspension, Welsh and Murray at centre half with Taylor and Ralston at full backs, I doubt there will be a younger defence playing in the Champions League qualifiers this week. Not ideal.
If we play the way we did in spells in the first leg then we can do it as FC Midtjylland didn’t look great. We need more experienced recruits in as soon as possible otherwise it could be a difficult start to the season.
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.