Copenhagen star Mikkel Kaufmann on Celtic performance

By Connor Gordon

February 21, 2020

Copenhagen sub Mikkel Kaufmann has reflected on his side’s draw with Celtic last night.

Kaufmann came on in the second half and played an influential role in getting a result for the Danes.

The winter transfer believes his team need to “go smart and go hard” when playing against the Hoops.

Kaufmann also spoke up the atmosphere at Copenhagen’s Parken, but he will experience something greater at Paradise.

Copenhagen sub Mikkel Kaufmann on playing Celtic

Despite coming on after 73 minutes, Kaufmann proved why his team invested in him in January.

Mikkel Kaufmann in action for Copenhagen against Celtic. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

The attacker was a fantastic route to hold up the ball and bring others into play.

He never got on the scoresheet during his second appearance for FCK but he was definitely influential.

Chris Sutton even praised the 19-year-old on BT Sport commentary at the end of the match.

Kaufmann reflected on his super sub performance against the Hoops and what he had to do.

He told Sport TV2:  “I never think I’ve tried anything like it. Coming in and hearing the roar that was being made, the power stuff was wild and gave a proper punch to the stomach.

“It was something stronger than you are used to and was played a little harder and more physically. It was super cool to try to sniff a bit at what it’s like to play in Europe.

Mikkel Kaufmann going hard against Christopher Jullien. (Photo by NIELS CHRISTIAN VILMANN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

“It was some big guys with lots of muscle, so you have to go in and be smart and go harder at it than you usually do. That’s a huge difference.”

Will Copenhagen teen cope under a different environment?

Kaufmann has probably played himself into Ståle Solbakken’s team for next Thursday at Celtic Park.

However, a 60,000 Parkhead under the floodlights will be a different animal to the Parken’s 34,000.

Mikkel Kaufmann faces a different beast under the floodlights at Celtic Park. (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Copenhagen will be stronger and a couple of absentees will return.

Solbakken will also have his team set up the same way as the successful second half spell.

But, the Hoops have the away goal and the fans on side which will make it a blockbuster European tie.