Copenhagen's Mikkel Kaufmann labels Celtic Park "overwhelming"

By David Walton

February 27, 2020

Copenhagen forward Mikkel Kaufmann has labeled Celtic Park “overwhelming” after he trained there yesterday.

The Danes are preparing to face Celtic tonight in the second leg of our Europa League last-32 clash at Parkhead. Celtic have a slight advantage after Odsonne Edouard’s away goal sealed a 1-1 draw in the Danish capital last week.

Kaufmann only signed for Copenhagen from Aalborg in January – and is therefore tasting his first ever experience of European football at 19-years of age. He came on against Celtic in the second-half in Denmark last week, but this is his first-ever Euro away trip.

Mikkel Kaufmann (Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

And, speaking to Danish outlet DR, the striker had some complimentary words for Celtic Park.

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“Playing against Celtic at Telia Parken was the biggest fight of my life, but it will probably be even bigger if I come in (and play) here as well. Just standing on the sidelines here before training and looking at Celtic Park is overwhelming.

It was also a bit crazy for me to experience the crowd at Telia Park last week, but when I first got on the pitch, it was as if I forgot. That’s how it will be again.

It’s been absolutely crazy, especially in the beginning around with training camp, relocation, etc. Now there is actually a bit of calm, even though we are playing all the time, but it is somehow easier to relate to.”

Kaufmann comes to Celtic Park on a high

The youngster arrives at Parkhead still without a goal since signing from Aalborg, but he does arrive after bagging his first assist for the club at Silkeborg on Sunday.

Kaufmann doesn’t exactly arrive with no pedigree either. Indeed, he was Aalborg’s top scorer before leaving them in January to join Stale Solbakken’s side. Perhaps that’s just an indicator of the strength Copenhagen will have on their bench tonight.

The Danish forward isn’t likely to start at Parkhead this evening. That honour will likely go to Dame N’Doye, last week’s goalscorer for the Danes. If Copenhagen decide to go with two up top, Michael Santos will surely be likely to start as he did last week.

Copenhagen’s Mikel Kaufmann vs Celtic (Niels Christian Vilmann / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Images)

Any impact Kaufman makes will surely come from the bench. Him playing 90 minutes against Silkeborg on Sunday was also a key sign from Solbakken that Santos was being rested.

In any case, it’s a big experience for many of these Copenhagen players tonight. None of them have played in a stadium like Parkhead this season. Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv, and Lugano are decent clubs, but their home grounds pale in comparison to Paradise. Hopefully, the atmosphere and energy lead us to victory tonight.

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