Celtic’s upcoming Europa League opponents Copenhagen suffered a big setback ahead of next week, as they returned to action on Friday evening.
Neil Lennon’s men travel over to the Danish capital next Thursday night for their last 32 first leg, with the second leg at Parkhead a week later.
And Stale Solbakken’s side will be going into that first clash on a real downer after they were defeated 1-0 by lowly Esbjerg on their return to league duty.
Copenhagen were playing in the Danish Superliga for the first time in nearly eight weeks – and lost to a first-half Rodolph Austin goal.
The hosts, who sit second bottom in the table, also missed a penalty after the break on a torrid night for the current champions.
Copenhagen form couldn’t be in starker contrast to Celtic
Copenhagen will now have the best part of a week to prepare for the visit of the Hoops – with next week’s clash kicking off at 17:55 Scottish time.
Time will tell whether them losing will prove to be a positive for us or not.
Defeats can be taken in two different ways. Solbakken may get a reaction from his side ahead of next week’s clash, while the result could also act as further pain for a team lacking a little in confidence.
Including their friendly Atlantic Cup campaign, the Danes have now lost three matches on the spin – highlighting that they’re not quite in a rich vein of form.
And in contrast, we couldn’t be further in our stride as we aim to continue what has been a tremendous Europa League campaign so far.