Copenhagen's Celtic preparations don't go to plan with Friday defeat

By John McGinley

February 7, 2020

Upcoming Celtic opponents Copenhagen have lost The Atlantic Cup final 1-0 against fellow Danish side AGF this afternoon, bringing to an end their winter break preparations in Portugal.

Neil Lennon and his Celtic team travel to Denmark on February 20th in the Europa League Round of 32 hoping to take a positive result back to Celtic Park the following week.

Stale Solbakken’s side took part in the mid-season competition alongside teams such as Brondby, Astana and Slavia Prague, looking to tune up for competitive fixtures after a long winter break.

After winning their first fixture and drawing their second, they qualified for today’s final against AGF but suffered a late defeat after a stoppage-time goal from Australia international Mustafa Amini.

The tournament is designed for clubs from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe who halt their leagues in December and resume in February to avoid heavy winter weather.

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Ultimately the result doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but Copenhagen will be disappointed to end their time in the Algarve on a sour note.

They managed to score just one goal in three matches.

Celtic opponents FC Copenhagen / (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

What’s next?

Solbakken’s outfit return to action next Friday, visiting Ejsberg in league action. It will be their only competitive match before hosting Odsonne Edouard and company at Telia Parken.

They’ve haven’t played competitively since way back on December 16th.

On the face of things that should give Celtic a real advantage with Lennon’s side absolutely motoring right now.

We had a short winter break of our own and it’s done us the world of good.

Now the players have real match fitness in their legs and the confidence of scoring lots of goals while not conceding many.

Hopefully, Copenhagen’s lack of a real competitive test recently allows us to catch them on an off day.