Celtic’s Champions League opponents FK Sarajevo seem to be in a bit of trouble, if reports are to be believed. The Daily Record report that some of the Bosnian side’s players have boycotted a pre-season training camp due to unpaid wages.
It is claimed that the Sarajevo players refused to turn up for the camp in Slovenia, which has since been cancelled. They have reportedly not been paid in months and have decided now is the time to make a stand.
The Bosnians host Celtic on July 9th/10th before travelling to Glasgow the following week. The winner of the tie will play either Nomme Kalju or Shkendija in the second qualifying round.
Sense of perspective
The reports perhaps tell Celtic fans that things aren’t quite as bad as they could be. We’ve had our fair share of problems in recent weeks, with leaked dossiers and failed contract negotiations headlining a pretty long list of muck-ups.
However, our problems are pretty small fry in comparison to the Bosnians. Players not being paid is never nice to see at any club, especially at a level where there’s not too much cash at the best of times.
Celtic may be going up against a club in dire straits in three weeks but that could go either way. The players may look to fight harder together due to a perceived injustice or they may have lost all hope. Time will tell but it promises to be interesting for sure.