Celtic boss Neil Lennon has touched on the club’s scouting missions ahead of next week’s clash against Copenhagen.
Celtic will travel to Denmark next week as our Europa League last-32 tie against Copenhagen begins. The first-leg will take place in the Danish capital before the return game at Parkhead a week later.
It’s been an absolutely hectic period for Celtic too. Lenny’s Bhoys have played eight games since returning from the winter break, and still have a further nine between now and March 21st.
Stale Solbakken’s side, meanwhile, head into the Europa League meeting having had a near-two-month break from league action. Lennon, however, has told the Celtic View this week that he’s had them watched during their Portugal training camp and will again have them scouted on Friday when their domestic action resumes (Volume 55, Issue 29, Page 6).
“You don’t want to take your eye off the ball, but you still want to plan ahead as well, so this month has some big games coming up and it’s important that we maintain our focus as we have done since the start of January.
“It’ll be good, just to see Copenhagen. They were away playing in a tournament abroad so we’ve had people out looking at them and, obviously, we’ll have them watched on Friday night before next week’s game.”
Tie setting up nicely for Celtic
Nobody at Parkhead will be getting ahead of themselves, but it’s looking positive for Celtic as we head into the contest.
Having just gone 10 points clear at the top of the Premiership, and having scored 27 goals in eight games, Celtic are in as good a place as they could hope to be at this stage.
In addition to that, Copenhagen have their problems heading into the contest. They published on their official website yesterday that Victor Fischer will be out for several weeks, which should mean he’ll miss both games against Celtic.
Copenhagen have also announced that the game is a sell-out next Thursday too. It adds to the excitement and sense of occasion. Celtic have thrived in Europe this season, and in truth, it’ll be a welcome distraction from the constant domestic stuff.
However, it’s great to hear that Lennon has planned ahead and had a good look at them during their winter break. It would’ve been easy to just send a scout over on Friday and judge them from that. Instead, watching them in their three Atlantic Cup matches will give us a clearer understanding of how they operate.
Where they do have an advantage is that they’ve had a prolonged rest from football. Hopefully, there’ll be a lack of sharpness there, but that’s not something Lennon will be banking on.