FC Midtjylland to go on "survival trip" as pre-Celtic prep starts with Malmo win
FC Midtjylland sent out the warning lights to Celtic today as they won 2-1 away to Swedish champions Malmo in their first pre-season match this afternoon.
Goals from Mikael Anderson and Anders Dreyer secured a superb result in what was Malmo’s final game before their own campaign begins.
Celtic are due to face Midtjylland on July 20th at Parkhead. The return leg will then take place a week later in Denmark. And any hopes that this will be a routine tie have already been extinguished.
It was an even more impressive result vs Malmo considering their team consisted of several players returning from loan spells. As many as five impressed who weren’t at the club last season.
Next up for Midtjylland is what’s being labelled as a “survival trip”. Assistant manager Kristian Bach Bak discussed the trip via the club’s official website today, and said the following:
“BS (Mental trainer BS Christiansen) has arranged a team-building trip for us. It is an unknown destination, so it is first and foremost exciting where we are going.
“We have just been told what we should have in the backpack, so there is probably no doubt that we are going on a survival trip out in the open. It’s always good to be together in a different way, and we look forward to having an experience together.”
Midtjylland feeling good about themselves ahead of Celtic double-header
The Danish side’s next friendly match will come on Thursday when they take on domestic rivals AGF. Midtjylland’s Danish Superliga campaign kicks off on July 16th against Odense Boldklub.
And it appears that they’re feeling good about themselves heading into the new campaign. With new manager Bo Henriksen at the helm, there’s a sense of freshness at the Danish club. They also have plenty of players looking to prove themselves after failing to get a chance under previous boss Brian Priske.
Celtic need to take their first Champions League qualifying opponents seriously here. It may only be the second qualifying round, but Midtjylland are one of the most dangerous sides we’ve faced in qualifying for some time.
They hold more quality and play at a higher tempo than Ferencvaros, who eliminated Celtic from the UCL last summer. It’ll be interesting to see how we approach the tie given our past experience against lesser opposition.
Celtic’s first pre-season fixture will take place on Wednesday July 7th against Sheffield Wednesday in Wales. All eyes will be on how new manager Ange Postecoglou negotiates our own warm-up ventures. No plans for a survival trip as far as we can tell!
But as the battle of the new managers gets closer and closer, the more intriguing Celtic vs Midtjylland becomes.