Erik Sviatchenko says Midtjylland's first-choice goalkeeper will return for Celtic game

By David Walton

July 6, 2021

Erik Sviatchenko has confirmed that Midtjylland’s first-choice goalkeeper will be back in time for the Celtic game.

We reported yesterday how the Danish outfit have a big goalkeeping issue heading into the UCL second qualifying round tie vs the Hoops. Having allowed three to depart over the summer, they’ve brought in former Chelsea youngster Jared Thompson for a trial.

Lossl, meanwhile, is currently with the Danish national team at Euro 2020. Should they beat England tomorrow, he’ll be in the squad for the 11th July final. He’ll then be entitled to a short break before returning to his club.

But regardless of what happens at the Euros, Sviatchenko has said he’ll be back in time for manager Bo Henriksen’s first European match in charge of the club.

As quoted by the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 06/06, page 79], Erik said: “Jonas is now on holiday (after Euro 2020). But he’ll be back for the Celtic game, although there is some speculation he will be sold.

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“Lossl is the only guy missing now, so, in general, we’ve been able to prepare well.”

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That will be a massive relief to Midtjylland fans who were surely left unaware of their goalkeeper’s schedule. It’s not something that’s been covered in the Danish media by Henriksen either, so Lossl’s return will put them at ease.

However, the 32-year-old hasn’t played a competitive game in two months. He might be with Denmark at Euro 2020, but he hasn’t played a single minute in the tournament. Not with Kasper Schmeichel as the nation’s number one.

In addition to that, he won’t have much time to work with his new manager. If anything, Lossl will only get a couple of days to prepare after returning from his break. It’ll be interesting to see the specific date he returns on, but he’ll have next to no time to get to grips with Henriksen.

Midtjylland goalkeeper Jonas Lossl (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Then you have the additional factor of him missing their pre-season camp in Poland. Again, that’s simply not ideal for him or his club. Henriksen would’ve loved to have had Lossl in the squad for their prep-work.

Instead, Midtjylland have been reliant on Elias Olaffson instead – a goalkeeper who was playing in the second division last season out on loan. He was in nets during their first pre-season game against Malmo.

So Lossl’s return will be a boost for our rivals. But how sharp he’ll be? That’s a different question altogether.

In other news, Callum McGregor has been tipped to handle his big man-management responsibility this season.