Bodo/Glimt lose yet another key player ahead of Celtic clash

By Euan Davidson

January 15, 2022

The Bodo/Glimt exodus has continued unabated ahead of facing Celtic in the UEFA Europa Conference League, with defender Marius Lode departing the club.

Lode has joined Schalke 04, who find themselves in 2. Bundesliga. The move was confirmed yesterday by the Gelsenkirchen-based outfit [Schalke 04 Twitter].

The Norwegian centre-back, who has two caps for his country, joins Fredrik Björkan, Patrick Berg and other key players in departing Bodo/Glimt ahead of the Celtic game. Lode made a sizeable contribution for the Arctic Circle-based club last season. He made 24 league appearances, and was a mainstay throughout this season’s European challenges [Transfermarkt].

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Lode said upon signing for Schalke 04: “This move to Schalke 04 is a big step that I am really excited about.

“It’s my first club abroad and for that club to be such a big one makes me really happy. I had a brilliant spell at Bodo/Glimt and I now want to build on that at Schalke.”

Bodo/Glimt have seen a smörgasbord of important players depart in this January window. Patrick Berg to RC Lens is perhaps the most significant. Björkan has also joined a German club, with Hertha Berlin securing the left-back. Erik Botheim is now at Krasnodar, while promising striking talent Elias Melkerson joined Shaun Maloney’s Hibs.

A significant exodus of talent for Bodo/Glimt, then, ahead of facing Celtic next month.

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Now, none of this is to say that Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt will be a walk-over for Celtic. Far from it; it’s still likely to be a nail-biter over both legs. As the Hoops embark on their maiden adventure in the Europa Conference League, there could’ve been kinder draws.

Wow, though. Bodo/Glimt, whose season ended in December, are being ruthlessly efficient in moving on star players. That’s got to be an advantage for Celtic, in the same way that if we’d sold key talents this month, it’d make us weaker. It’s self-explanatory, it stands to reason.

Celtic, on the other hand, have strengthened significantly. Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda have arrived from Kawasaki Frontale, Gamba Osaka and Yokohama F Marinos, respectively.

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Each adds real quality in a multitude of positions, and it’d be a shock if they weren’t involved for Celtic in some form against Bodo/Glimt.

Regardless, it’ll be a battle. The Norwegians recruit well, and they won’t have gone into this transfer window without a substantial plan.

But still, you can’t help but wonder if Bodo/Glimt are making themselves substantially weaker ahead of the Celtic double-header.

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