FC Copenhagen have surprisingly announced that they will release Nicklas Bendtner before they face Celtic.
The big Dane has been with Copenhagen since September, but has only managed to make nine appearances for the first team and has only scored one goal too (Transfermarkt).
Bendtner has played against Celtic before during his Rosenborg days, and proved to be a disappointment in terms of what he brought to the games.
Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken has given his opinion on the decision too. Speaking on the club’s official website, he announced the reasons why Bendtner won’t be kept on for the Celtic tie.
“We have been very satisfied with Nicklas and the way he has contributed to the squad, both in the dressing room and in the daily training. We have been happy to have him in the team, but he has had difficulties getting playing time because of the competition and injuries.
“We’ve always had a good and open dialog. We did, however, also agree that limited playing time in the future could be difficult for Nicklas and his motivation.
“We expect that N’Doye will play more and that Pieros, Santos, Daramy – and before too long also Jonas Wind – will play a lot.”
Bendtner was never likely to start against us
You could describe Bendtner’s time at Copenhagen as frustrating. He’s never once been the first-choice striker, with the likes of Dame N’Doye and Pieros Sotiriou ahead of him in the pecking order.
For Celtic supporters, the news has come right out of the blue. When you take in how his first few months at the club has went, however, you can see why the decision has been made.
It’s a tad disappointing for us too. Bendtner has always struggled in matches against Celtic. He was anonymous for Rosenborg in last year’s Champions League qualifiers and Europa League matches. It would’ve been a boost to see him come on against us as opposed to an unknown alternative.
Yet, Bendtner only played one minute of Copenhagen’s Europa League group stage. He came on as a late sub in on matchday three in Dynamo Kyiv. In the last two group matches, he hasn’t even been in the squad. He’s also been missing from the last four matchday squads in the Danish Superligaen as well (Transfermarkt).
It just hasn’t worked out for him, and it’s now been confirmed that he won’t be kept on. It will be interesting now to see if Copenhagen look to replace him in January.
In any case, Neil Lennon is probably seeing this news and shrugging his shoulders. It won’t affect how we approach the game or prepare for it in the build-up. But knowing how easily we’ve dealt with him in the past, it would’ve been ideal to see him involved, even if only from the bench.