"Insanity goals"; how Danish media reacted to Celtic and Midtjylland draw

By Euan Davidson

July 21, 2021

You can always rely on the native press of Celtic’s European opponents to provide some balance. Or at least, something attempting that.

This time, we got to see the Danish media in action, and they did not disappoint as Celtic took on FC Midtjylland. After all, there was plenty of material work with. Both clubs got a man sent off, both had managers encountering European opposition in new jobs for the first time, and there were transfer sub-plots aplenty.

Tipsbladet went with the understated “Insanity goals” in their headline. Anders Dreyer, sent off for a second yellow for simulation, wasn’t spared from criticism. Tipsbladet wrote:

“Despite [being] the underdog, Celtic opened best in the second half, and after 55 minutes, FCM were also reduced to ten men as Dreyer, in the referee’s opinion, [simulated] and deserved his second yellow card.”

Herning Folkeblad focussed on the performance of Erik Sviatchenko. The big Dane played with distinction, according to the outlet, who gave him Man of the Match for his display:

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“The captain shone on his old home court. Managed his team and his game with international class.”

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Bold.dk, meanwhile, used some evocative language to explain why Nir Bitton was sent off, saying that he chose to “prick [Dreyer] hard in the forehead”.

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Meanwhile, BT (Denmark) went with more of a showbiz angle. Life coach, TV host, ex-soldier and author of ‘Et liv på kanten’ (A Life on the Edge) B.S. Christiansen was spotted in a less familiar role on the sidelines last night.

Now part of the Midtjylland backroom team, as a mentality coach, Christiansen had to fill in as a fourth official, of sorts. It was the author and TV personality who held the substitutes’ board during the game last night.

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From a message BT received from FCM’s press officer, the outlet shared [BT]:

“It’s about protocols. According to UEFA’s corona set of rules, the fourth referee was not allowed to operate the replacement board, and with the Scottish distance requirements, there was only room for a few people on the bench, of which B.S. had their hands free to provide that service.”

So, there’s that.

Overall, from reading Danish outlets, it’s fair to say their coverage accurately reflects the game itself. Midtjylland, who qualified for the Champions League last season, may be undergoing changes of their own. However, Celtic’s dilly-dallying for months has probably had a negative effect on the club’s international reputation.

Hence, the Bhoys were underdogs, to Danish eyes. Yet, they’ve come away with a creditable result, and made substitutions via a Danish celebrity.

Funny old game, this.

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