Celtic boss already has knowledge of FC Midtjylland and one of their attacking threats
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou already has knowledge of FC Midtjylland and attacking threat Awer Mabil.
Celtic play the Danish runners-up in Champions League qualifying next month.
Mabil was born in Kakuma, Kenya but then moved to Australia as a youngster. He now represents the Socceroos.
The winger earned his first cap under Graham Arnold. However, he was actually first included in an Australian squad when Postecoglou was national team boss back in 2017. Mabil was already playing at FC Midtjylland at that stage, having impressed at Adelaide United.
After loans at Esbjerg and Pacos de Ferreira, the 25-year-old is now a regular in Denmark.
He started all of Midtjylland’s matches in the UEFA Champions League group stages last season and even managed to bag himself a goal against Ajax. The 13-cap player is also often used as an impact sub.
Postecoglou was asked about his compatriot and knowledge of Midtjylland by The Celtic View Podcast earlier this week, stating: “Yeah, I know Awer well. He’s a fantastic young man and a great talent.
“He’s been there for quite a while and because of that I know the club quite well. I’ve followed his progress and the club’s progress. It’ll be great to see him again because, as I said, he’s a great young talent.”
Midtjylland test won’t be an easy one for Celtic
It’s doubtful to give Celtic much of an advantage in the upcoming clash. However, it is evidence that Postecoglou isn’t coming into a completely unknown environment.
As manager of Australia for four years, Postecoglou would have cast his eye on many leagues around Europe and the world, including the Scottish Premiership due to Tom Rogic and others.
Going up against a Champions League team in our first competitive game under Postecoglou isn’t ideal. It certainly isn’t easy.
However, it will be a good barometer of where the squad and team are at initially after a few weeks of work under the new boss.