Confirmed: Celtic drawn against FC Midtjylland in Champions League qualifying; fans react
Celtic have been drawn against FC Midtjylland in the second round of Champions League qualifying.
It’s Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive test as Celtic manager, and it couldn’t be more tantalising. After a brief pre-season, the Bhoys will meet their Champions League opponents on July 20/21 and then the 27th or 28th. The Hoops will be in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round draw, which takes place on draw on 19 July. So, we’ll find out our next opponents prior to meeting Midtjylland, should we progress over two legs.
And what a stern test it is for Postecoglou. FC Midtjylland represent real quality, who finished second in the Danish League. Up front, Danish international Pionte Sisto and Sory Kaba represent considerable threats, while there’s a familiar name in Erik Sviatchenko at centre-back.
FC Midtjylland drew a hard Champions League group last time round, with Ajax, Liverpool and Atalanta. They finished last, with two points [UEFA].
Incidentally, Sviatchenko has been sensationally linked with a move back to Paradise. As quoted by the Scotsman in 2018, Sviatchenko said “My dream would be to play for Celtic again.” Alison McConnell of the Daily Record is credited with this latest scoop, claiming the big Danish centre-back could be Ange Postecoglou’s first signing at the club.
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Celtic fans reacted to the draw on Twitter:
I’ll take it.
Hurry up @eriksviat.
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) June 16, 2021
Midtjylland the one I wanted to avoid most. Celtic for me would of been favourites against all 3 but the Danes performed well in Europe last season with results against Atlanta and Liverpool. Galatasaray the weakest in my opinion. Here’s hoping for a strong start☘️
— Bhoys Analytics (@BhoysAnalytics) June 16, 2021
Mon the Celtic ☘️ https://t.co/U2APuKGlEy
— The Good Guy (@DalyBhoy1888) June 16, 2021
So either way Erik Sviatchenko will return to Celtic park.
— Reiss 🇵🇸🏴 (@ReissFerguson) June 16, 2021
Celtic get FC Midtjylland of Denmark in the Champions League qualifiers. Probably the easiest team we could face out of the lot. pic.twitter.com/f4Bh7Z4L3l
— Henrik’s Tongue 🏴 🇪🇺 🍀 (@henriktongue) June 16, 2021
Celtic vs FC Midtjylland, I hope the second leg is on the 28th of July, I don’t want my birthday to be ruined 😂
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— Susanne 🟢⚪️ (@Sus_L_) June 16, 2021
Celtic draw Midtjylland…
Get big Erik up eh road Celtic! 🍀
— Fitzy (@Fitzy_072) June 16, 2021
Fairly pleased with the FC Midtjylland draw, very glad we avoided Galatasaray. Will still be a tough game with them a few games into their season but I think the best we could’ve hoped for.
Let’s go 💪🏻
— Celtic Thoughts (@celtic_thoughts) June 16, 2021