Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper watched Celtic batter Glasgow rivals; left in awe of Parkhead
Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper Nikita Haikin was left impressed with Celtic and in awe of Parkhead after watching them batter Rangers 3-0.
The Hoops are still riding the crest of that Glasgow derby wave after giving their title rivals an absolute going over at Celtic Park. A brace from Reo Hatate and a Liel Abada strike had Ange Postecoglou’s men 3-0 up before half-time. It was a stunning performance and one that has swung the pendulum in Celtic’s favour when it comes to the title race.
It’s also led to a massive increase in confidence as Celtic continues their 100% record in 2022. Indeed, we’ve won all 8 of our matches since returning from the winter break, scoring 14 goals in our last 4 games alone.
And it’s clear that the Rangers trouncing left Bodo number 1 Haikin extremely impressed with everything to do with Celtic.
As quoted by the National, the Russian stopper said: “We feel great. We are looking ahead to a big game against Celtic. Celtic is a very well known team and I was personally very happy to get them. It was one of the teams I really wanted to play against.
“Unfortunately I haven’t been to Celtic Park or Scotland, so it will be a great opportunity for me to see what Scottish football is like and really see the culture. I’ve heard a lot about Celtic Park and have watched the derbies against Rangers. I watched some of the most recent derby. It was a decent performance, they’re a good team.
“They’re the best team in Scotland along with Rangers, and all you can say is that the atmosphere is awesome. I’m looking forward to playing there. You see the fans and what it means to them.”
Bodo/Glimt set for Celtic Park culture shock
Bodo/Glimt’s Aspmyra Stadium holds just over 5,600 spectators despite their recent success. It only goes to show just how incredible it is that Bodo continue to dominate in Norway.
But their players are set for a real culture shock when they step out at Celtic Park. Even if the game isn’t a sell-out, a crowd of potentially 45k-55k+ certainly won’t be something our Euro foes are used to.
Of course, not that we should be complacent by any stretch of the imagination. They have a manager well versed in rebuilding his team. Not to mention they went to the Stadio Olimpico and bagged a 2-2 draw earlier this season. Granted, they’ve lost several of the key players who helped them achieve that result.
Celtic Park, however, will be a different ball game. For a side who have had such a ropey pre-season in Spain and still integrating new players, this should be a tie that comes far too early for them. Celtic should have the edge both fitness-wise and quality-wise.
But the right to win the game has to be earned. Celtic won’t overcome Bodo/Glimt, even in their current state, if we decide the tie is already just about won before we step out onto the pitch.
Then again, after Ange Postecoglou’s anger with the Raith Rovers performance, it would be a brave soul to test his patience further.