Djurgardens have concern about UEFA handling of draw after Celtic advantage

By David Walton

August 17, 2020

Djurgardens sporting director Bosse Andersson has stated that he “isn’t surprised” UEFA have sent his side to Ferencvaros and potentially Celtic.

The Swedish champions could meet Celtic in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round next week in Glasgow. The pair will clash if Djurgardens see off Ferencvaros in Hungary, whilst Neil Lennon’s Celts will look to put KR Reykjavik to the sword tomorrow night.

Coincidentally, all three seeded clubs in Celtic’s section of the second qualifying round draw were given a home tie. Given the one-legged ties introduced this year due to the global health pandemic, those drawn away from home don’t get the chance to turn things around on their own patch.

Djurgardens’ Bosse Andersson (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello via Getty Images)

And it appears as though that has irked Djugardens chief Andersson. Speaking in comments published by the Scottish Sun, he stated he knew all along his side would be drawn away from home.

“If you were even a little bit observant during the draw, you knew which ball was coming out and who would get a home tie. Yes, I knew which ball was which, so I was not surprised.

“We have nothing to complain about because it’s a pleasant problem to be in the Champions League. But we would have preferred a home draw.”

There was nothing off about the UEFA draw

Granted, it is a bit of a coincidence. The three seeded teams (Celtic, Legia Warsaw, Young Boys) were all given one-legged home ties. However, it’s nothing more than a coincidence.

For those who watched the draw, the UEFA representative who pulled the names out had no idea which ball was which. Just because Andersson may have been following the balls in the pot closely, the UEFA delegate was still looking away from the pot whilst ensuring he didn’t focus on any of the balls with his hand.

There was no fairer way for UEFA to do it. It’s also not as if they have some sort of master plan to only give the seeded sides home games.

Celtic could face Djurgardens at Parkhead (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Last year during Celtic’s Champions and Europa League qualifiers, we faced Nomme Kalju and AIK away from home in the second leg matches. It’s well known that clubs prefer home games in the second leg of knockout ties.

All it comes down is the luck of the draw. Djurgardens can feel unfortunate at not having a home clash, but with no fans at ground these days, much of the home advantage element gets taken away regardless.

To sum up – there’s no reason for the Swedes to have any concerns. They’ve just pulled the short end of the stick so far.

In other news, Neil Lennon has updated Celtic supporters on Mikey Johnston’s timeframe for his return to action.