Celtic and their Europa League opponents AIK are facing a similar predicament. As everyone knows, the Hoops face Rangers on Sunday in the first Glasgow derby of the season.
What may be less known though, is that AIK are in a similar situation to the Hoops. The Swedish champions face a derby on Sunday, as they take on Djurgarden, who are leaders of the Swedish league.
However, AIK manager Rikard Norling is only concentrating on the Europa League second leg at the moment, and he thinks that will be Celtic’s mindset too.
“Two massive games”
“We have two massive games coming up” he said, as reported by the Evening Times.
“Celtic have the same. I don’t know how they look on this game, but their next one is definitely a big one. The good thing with this game is that I think both sides go into it with the same set-up and the same mindset.”
In Celtic’s case, it would be great for the Hoops if they scored a couple of early goals to kill off the tie. That would enable Neil Lennon to make some substitutions that would allow players to rest up.
Players could be rested if Hoops have tie won
The likes of Odsonne Edouard and Scott Brown could be taken off with half an hour of the game to go. That would be a bonus ahead of the trip to Ibrox.
It would be interesting to see which game is more important to the Hoops support, the AIK game or the Glasgow derby.
When it comes to finance, the AIK match is far more important. Emotionally though, it is probably the derby at Ibrox.
Both AIK and Celtic face a tough few days. Only time will tell which side will be happier come Sunday night.