Bodo/Glimt announce new signing for Celtic tie as he talks up UECL clash

By David Walton

January 4, 2022

Bodo/Glimt yesterday announced the signing of right-back Brice Wembangomo, with the player immediately talking up the games against Celtic.

The Norwegians will face the Hoops next month in the Europa Conference League playoff round. Ange Postecoglou’s side will be smack bang in the middle of their campaign at that stage. Bodo, meanwhile, will be out of action given it’s currently their off-season.

With that being the case, their squad has been slowly picked apart. Key players such as Patrick Berg, Erik Botheim, and Fredrik Andre Bjorkan have all departed. Ola Solbakken could be the next to join them too [Fotomac].

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But in their first move to actually add to their squad, they’ve recruited Norwegian talent Wembangomo from league rivals Sandefjord. And as he move was announced, he immediately talked up the preparation for the games against Celtic.

Speaking via the official Bodo/Glimt website, Wembangomo said: “t will be very strange and a different season run-up for me. We jump right into it, but it’s cool. These are the matches we want to play. It will be another big leap. I expect that it will be a bit of a tempo shock in the beginning, but I look forward to feeling it. Then the quality of training increases and makes you better equipped for the important match against Celtic.

“This will be a good step for me. I think this will suit me very well. I have talked to Kjetil about the type of football we play, and it will be good for me to play the football I like to play.”

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Expect Bodo/Glimt to look much different for Celtic tie

You would expect this to be the first of many January arrivals for our Euro rivals. In fact, looking at the squad that won the Norwegian title for the second consecutive year, the team we face will likely be a lot different.

Interestingly, Wembangomo doesn’t cover a position in which Bodo/Glimt have recently lost players. Their main concern going into the new campaign will be their frontline which has lost a lot of firepower already.

So you can expect a host of arrivals in the door. It’s something manager Kjetil Knutsen is known for. Rebuilding this Bodo side is something he appears to do successfully on an annual basis. So the job for him doesn’t change.

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Of course, this is their first season in which there’s an expectation to compete and do well in Europe. It’ll be interesting to see how they combat the ties against Celtic considering they won’t fully be up to speed.

It’s all the more reason for Celtic supporters to be expectant heading into this tie. Bodo/Glimt, in reality, shouldn’t be able to deal with the tempo the Hoops will be playing at in February. It doesn’t matter what way you look at it.

But for now, their rebuilding goes on with that mouth-watering UECL clash on the horizon. Expect a few additions to be made yet.

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