The big day has arrived for Celtic as they get their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign underway on Wednesday.
Fran Alonso‘s side are in Oslo for their Round One clash against Brondby. They face the Danish league runners-up at 1pm at the Intility Arena, knowing that victory will see them through to Saturday’s group final against Valerenga or Minsk.
Those two face each other later on Wednesday. The Norwegians will play all of their matches in the group on home soil, so they appear to have an advantage over the rest of the opposition.
Should we win our two matches in Oslo, we’d still need to overcome an even better side in a two-legged playoff to reach the Women’s Champions League group stage.
Nevertheless, it’s a real opportunity for the team to take the next step in Europe and try to do something that Celtic haven’t done before.
You may be wondering what the team’s chances of success are in today’s outing. Alonso’s side are viewed as favourites for the match, although it is far from a gimme.
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The team are in good form having won their last five matches including a 4-2 success over Hibernian on Sunday. However, Brondby are likely to pose a bigger challenge than we’re used to in most domestic matches.
The clash is being shown live on Celtic TV so you’ll be able to watch from afar if you’re subscribed there.
Celtic finding a way to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League would be a genuinely big moment for the women’s side. It would bring some of the world’s finest female talent to Glasgow, and probably Celtic Park.
It’s a huge ask over the coming weeks. Let’s hope the team are up for it.