Celtic vs Copenhagen: Danish Champions won't fancy Scotland trip

By David Walton

December 17, 2019

As Celtic and Copenhagen take time to reflect on drawing each other in this season’s Europa League last-32, the Danish side surely won’t fancy another trip to Scotland.

We all remember Celtic’s 1-0 victory over them back in 2006. Kenny Miller’s penalty was enough to give us a real advantage as we went on to progress to the Champions League last-16. In fact, by the time we headed over to Denmark, Celtic had nothing to play for having already qualified as they lost 3-1 away.

Had Copenhagen not lost at Parkhead, they would’ve been right in the thick of last-16 contention. Yet that won’t have been their most haunting visit to Scotland.

Celtic beat FC Copenhagen 1-0 back in 2006 at Parkhead (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Indeed, the Danish champions went to Pittodrie in 2007 needing only a point to knock Aberdeen out and secure passage into the last-32 of the formerly-named UEFA Cup. What was to come was surreal.

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A Jamie Smith brace was followed by a Mikael Antonsson own goal and a Ricky Foster strike. 4-0 the scoreline would end as Aberdeen marauded all over Copenhagen to ease into the last-32 ahead of them (BBC).

Celtic and Aberdeen have downed Copenhagen

Funnily enough, that’s the last time Aberdeen actually managed to do something in Europe. Fast forward 12 years later and they’re effectively an afterthought these days.

But Copenhagen, who went into that match with the Dons just a year after their meetings with Celtic, were a joke on the night. It’s arguably one of the worst European results in their history too given the context. Stale Solbakken, their current manager, was also the Copenhagen manager on that disastrous evening.

Stale Solbakken was the manager when Aberdeen hammered his Copenhagen side 4-0 (Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

Copenhagen have never knocked out a Scottish team in Europe or indeed even score in our country. They may have only played twice competitively here, but they’ve struggled to do anything on both occasions.

They’ve also played four times in England and have never won there either. They’ve failed to see off Chelsea (x2), Manchester City, and Leicester City respectively. So that’s six trips across both Scotland and England without a win.

Hopefully their poor history in Scotland and Britain will prove to be a positive omen ahead of our return leg. First off, Celtic will also have to take the trip to Denmark. The difference is that the Hoops have picked up three wins in Denmark over the course of our history.

Neil Lennon will fancy it in Denmark (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Nasty defeats to Copenhagen and Aalborg still spring to mind when you think of Danish trips, but we have a lot of reasons to be positive when you look at the history books.

It’s likely to have little bearing on the upcoming Europa League last-32 clash. However, the fact that Copenhagen have never tasted success in Scotland is still a bonus.