FC Midtjylland continue to strengthen with transfer work ahead of Celtic clash

By Euan Davidson

July 13, 2021

FC Midtjylland are continuing to strengthen their squad ahead of their meeting with Celtic next Tuesday.

The Danish side, who finished runners-up in the 20-21 Danish Superliga, are attempting to build a title-winning side. So far, they’ve drafted in Brazilian midfielder Charles, Henrik Dalsgaard, formerly of Brentford, and now, a very familiar name: Juninho, from Palmeiras.

No, not that Juninho. This one, otherwise known as José Carlos Ferreira Júnior, is a 26-year-old central defender with nearly 150 Brazilian Serie A appearances [Transfermarkt].

FC Midtjylland Sporting Director Svend Graversen said of the signing [FCM]:

“Juninho is an incredibly exciting player with some physical core competencies, which fits really well with our playing style.

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“Of course, we hope that Juninho will be another success story in our Brazilian venture. We have good experience of integrating players from Brazil in relation to our way of playing football and the culture in Denmark, where the other Brazilians can also help.”

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Could this mean that Erik Sviatchenko is out the door? It seems unlikely. Earlier today, the FCM captain was featured prominently as the club unveiled their (admittedly, amazing) new home kit.

To compete with FC Midtjylland, Celtic have to spend – and soon

It’s funny that FC Midtjylland are investing heavily in their defence, an area that their next competitive opponents, i.e. us, desperately need to strengthen.

We’re beginning to lose ground on our Danish opponents already. And while our dalliances into the Brazilian market have been regrettable, it’s important that we see some transfer action from Celtic sooner rather than later.

Essentially, Celtic have to sign someone tomorrow in time to get them registered for next Tuesday’s match. Alternatively, if we’re able to bring in players by the weekend, then they can play against FC Midtjylland for Celtic in the away leg.

It’s not an ideal scenario. Equally, if you’re feeling doubly pessimistic, it’s a failing of the board who took far too long to hire Ange Postecoglou. You get the sense that if he’d been through the door sooner, we could’ve had a stronger team for Champions League qualifying.

Unless something pivotal happens tomorrow, Celtic could potentially field a weaker side than we did against Ferencvaros. To lay it out in plain English: FC Midtjylland are a better football team than Ferencvaros.

With no disrespect to our Hungarian conquerers from last season, it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Scary times indeed for Celtic. However, if last year’s transfer window proved anything, we love a last-minute deal. In this case, the last-minute is far, far sooner.

Can Celtic get some players in, and have them gel with the squad before Tuesday? Stranger things have happened.

READ MORE: Now, about that first leg…