Celtic could have a massive fixture schedule advantage over Danish side Copenhagen in the Europa League, with our Round of 32 opponents set to take a two-month break from competitive action after tonight.
As Soccerway shows, the reigning Superliga champions play Odense at home this evening but don’t play another competitive game until the 16th February, just days before we visit on the 20th.
While no doubt they are well used to their winter break process, and the problems it brings, Celtic will surely have some sort of fitness advantage?
You can’t really find a better alternative to regular competitive matches, with points and cup progression on the line.
Our own winter break occurs just after the derby against Rangers on December 29th, with Neil Lennon’s team heading to Dubai for some warm weather training.
However, we’ll be well back into the swing of things by February, with our first fixture back coming against Partick Thistle on January 18th.
We are then due to play Kilmarnock, Ross County, St Johnstone, Hamilton, Motherwell, Hearts and Aberdeen before our visit to Denmark.
Copenhagen will play just one match, away to Esbjerg.
While they’ll be well-rested will likely play friendlies in between, it’s a winter break that actually lasts longer than our normal pre-season.
What impact this will have on our knockout tie remains to be seen, but it’s another interesting footnote.