Danish Report: Midtjylland suffer behind-the-scenes bust-up ahead of Celtic tie
Midtjylland are suffering from a major dispute between manager Bo Henriksen and Sory Kaba heading into tomorrow’s Celtic tie, Ekstra Bladet reports.
Kaba didn’t feature in the Danish Superliga’s season-opener on Friday night against OB. Henriksen stated that this was simply down to the player not being mentally right to play the game.
Ekstra Bladet report that the situation is much more serious. He is said to have refused to play in the final pre-season match of Midtjylland’s schedule against Sigma Olomouc last week.
This also came after the striker threw a huff and stormed out of training after refusing to play as a second-striker. This was because he saw himself as an out-and-out striker and nothing else, Ekstra Bladet claims.
The Danish outlet believes that Kaba won’t play unless he shows a remarkable change in attitude. Midtjylland are now said to be looking for a club in Spain to try and offload their star-man.
Midtjylland rocked with Sory Kaba attitude ahead of Celtic tie
This looks extremely messy. Kaba finished last season with 14 goals in 42 games. Whilst hardly prolific, he was still Midtjylland’s number one striker [Transfemarkt].
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Interestingly, Kaba has still been named in Midtjylland’s Champions League squad to face Celtic [UEFA]. But it looks highly unlikely that he’ll feature in tomorrow’s contest.
Instead, Junior Brumado looks set to feature instead. The back-up forward played against OB on Friday night but failed to impress. He also only has three goals in 41 appearances for the Danish side [Transfermarkt].
Granted, Midtjylland offer plenty of wide threat. Pione Sisto and Anders Dreyer are known for being direct and just as big of an attacking threat as the centre-forwards.
Ange Postecoglou will undoubtedly be aware of events in Denmark, but it’s unlikely to affect his planning in any way. Celtic simply have to expect Midtjylland to be on their A-game and not be caught cold like last year against Ferencvaros.
But the situation looks bleak for Midtjylland. Hopefully, their on-field performances suffer for it.