Danish media outlet pass judgement on Celtic Europa League fate

By Hamish Carton

February 21, 2020

It’s fair to say that we’re all relatively content with the result Celtic attained in Copenhagen last night.

The Hoops earned a 1-1 draw through Odsonne Edouard’s early strike, in a score that gives us a slight advantage going into next weekend’s return leg at Parkhead.

But how are press in Denmark viewing the game? Well thankfully, due to the world wide web and a wonderful site called Google Translate, we’re able to peer over the fence and see how the Danes saw the action.

Here’s the gist of what we came across.

The Celtic players celebrate after scoring (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

What are Danish media saying about Celtic?

The report we’re using is from renowned Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet. Any native Danish speakers can view the report in its original form here.

The site starts by describing the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the home side’s display.

They say: “Night and day. Lousy and wonderful. Proceed yourself to a series of contradictions that can be beaten on Copenhagen’s two halves against Celtic.

“The first 45 minutes was an insult to the fans who had paid for the ticket.”

The two managers embrace after the game (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Strong stuff then.

They also describe Copenhagen keeper Karl Johnsson as the “great rescuer” and say that home goalscorer Dame N’Doye looked “unusually rusty”.

The Danish outlet also comment on VAR having the crucial say in awarding the hosts a late penalty.

They say: “We also just got to demonstrate VAR for the first time on Danish soil, and it worked to perfection.

“A penalty for FCK for hands was properly sentenced on the TV screen, but Jens Stage failed to wrap up that gift.”

VAR ruled against Celtic (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

What about the second leg?

Ekstra Bladet say that it will be “incredibly difficult” for Copenhagen in Glasgow, although the Danes will have “one more week to grind the weapons” – referring to the fact that Stale Solbakken’s side are short of match sharpness following their winter break.

Celtic Park is described as being “an excruciatingly heavy size” – perhaps referring to the fact that it will be jam-packed full of around 60,000 Hoops supporters.

The report finishes by telling the Danish champions to “get away with the handbrake” when they come to Glasgow, suggesting that they might as well have a go at us.

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