Danish Report: Midtjylland have major selection concerns ahead of Celtic clash

By David Walton

July 18, 2021

The Hoops may have had their injury problems of late, but Midtjylland actually have massive selection concerns ahead of their trip to Celtic Park, Ekstra Bladet reports.

Celtic fans may be sweating to see if the likes of Odsonne Edouard or James Forrest can make Tuesday night. But Midtjylland actually have four key players who look as though they’ve played their last game for the football club.

Ekstra Bladet reports that midfield dynamos Frank Onyeka and Jens-Lys Cajuste could be off to Brentford. Onyeka is said to be awaiting a work permit whilst Cajuste missed Friday night’s loss to OB amid EPL interest.

Star striker Sory Kaba also wants out as he eyes up a move to Spain [Ekstra Bladet]. The report also claims that Awer Mabil has been given a long holiday to see his family. When he returns, he’ll also leave permanently.

That’s four key first-team members unavailable to manager Bo Henriksen. You could see the effect their absences had on Friday night’s weak display too.

Big payday on the way for Midtjylland, but it doesn’t help them for Celtic

It’s stated that all of these transfers could rake in as much as 250m Danish Krone [£28.8m]. That would be an incredible figure for Midtjylland, but immediate question marks will be about whether they have a strong enough squad to KO Celtic.

The Danes are, for example, noticeably light up top. Against OB on Friday, they were forced to play Junior Brumado in the place of Kaba. Brumado only has three goals in 41 appearances for the Danish club [Transfermarkt].

They of course still have their threats. They’ve moved to strengthen in recent weeks, securing the signings of Brazilian pair Charles and Juninho. Midtjylland are also in the process of rebuilding under Henriksen.

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However, even though a big payday looks certain for the Danish club, it’s going to have a major affect on their options. With the likes of Onyeka, Cajuste, Kaba, and Mabil said to be leaving, that’s four major first-team stars all out.

Celtic won’t be coming up against the Midtjylland side that qualified for the UCL last season. This team won’t be as strong as that. However, we still need to give them the utmost respect, especially given our own squad shortages.

Midtjylland will likely be looking at the Hoops and seeing similar reasons for optimism. With the likes of Kris Ajer and James Forrest likely not featuring, it appears that both sides have their issues.

In other news: REPORT: Southampton want Celtic to pay hefty percentage of Fraser Forster wages in any loan deal