Copenhagen have bolstered their defensive ranks ahead of the Celtic clash after signing Ragnar Sigurdsson from Rostov.
Sigurdsson arrives in Denmark after spending time with the likes of Rostov, Fulham, and Rubin Kazan respectively. Copenhagen announced his signing on their official website.
The centre-back is probably most known for being one of Iceland’s Euro 2016 heroes. Indeed, Sigurdsson played a huge part in his country’s success at the Euros four years ago. He was man-of-the-match against England in the last-16 after scoring the first goal and keeping the likes of Jamie Vardy quiet.
Sigurdsson was also named in Iceland’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He played in all three of their games in the competition. His place in the Iceland squad seems secure too, as he’s also played 90 minutes in all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualification matches (Transfermarkt).
He arrives in Copenhagen with quite the international CV. And he’ll also be free to play against Celtic too, with every club being allowed to add three new players to their Europa League squad for the latter stages (UEFA, page 41).
Defensive issues have been a problem for Copenhagen
The Danish Superliga champions have struggled at the back this season. Despite being the highest scorers in the division, they’ve conceded 22 in 20 games – nine more than top-of-the-table Mitdjylland.
Copenhagen have also only kept three clean sheets in their last 17 games. They certainly haven’t been solid at the back this term.
Their main defensive partnership for the first half of the season has been a combination of Sotirios Papagiannopoulos, Andreas Bjelland and Victor Nelsson.
In Europe this season, the Danish side have managed to keep two clean sheets out of six. Both of those came against Lugano, however, with both Dynamo Kyiv and Malmo netting against them both home and away.
Copenhagen will be hoping the addition of Sigurdsson will help plug those defensive leaks. However, it’s still not a signing that will strike fear into Celtic fans. We still know that we can hurt better defences than Copenhagen’s, and Sigurdsson is hardly the best centre-back we’ll come up against this season.
But we have to recognise that it is indeed a coup for Copenhagen to pull this one-off. Hopefully, it doesn’t make much of a difference come our trip to Denmark.