Ferencvaros will be missing 3 big-name players for Celtic trip
Ferencvaros will pitch up at Celtic Park tomorrow looking to inject a boost into their Europa League campaign, but they’ll have to do so without 3 of their biggest assets.
Much has been made of the Celtic injury crisis over the last month or so. Ange Postecoglou is finally starting to see an upturn in results ever since he’s gotten some key players back.
But whilst we still hope one or two more can return for the Ferencvaros meeting, there’s no chance of the Hungarian side welcoming back several of their top players.
That’s because our UEL foes weren’t able to register Muhamed Besic and Marko Marin due to the late nature of their arrivals at the football club. As for striker Frank Boli, Ferencvaros took a hard-line stance when he arrived back late on 2 occasions from international duty. They, therefore, left him out of the squad for the group stages despite him returning at the weekend [UEFA].
Besic returned to Ferencvaros last month and has become a key player in their domestic assault. Playing a vital role in the midfield, Ferencvaros are going to be without a player who has 45 Bosnia caps and over 120 appearances in England and Germany’s top flights [Transfermarkt].
Former Chelsea talent Marin, meanwhile, also signed for the club after a spell with Egyptian champions Al-Ahli. Much will be expected of him this season, and not having his pace available will be a blow for Peter Stoger as he looks to get a big result tomorrow night.
Ferencvaros can’t call on several top talents at Celtic Park
Not that the Hungarians have poor replacements by any stretch. You only need to look at their Europa League performances so far to know that they’re a competitive side.
Celtic have been in no position to underestimate anyone in Europe in recent years. After all, Ferencvaros left Glasgow with a 2-1 win in August 2020. They’ll hardly fear the trip this time around either.
Balint Vecsei and Aissa Laidouni will likely make up the midfield partnership at Parkhead. 11-goal Ryan Mmaee, meanwhile, will start up top with Boli unavailable.
So there are solid, reliable alternatives available to Stoger tomorrow. He certainly won’t be arriving at Parkhead doubting whether his side can get the job done.
Celtic have to prepare for Ferencvaros’ best. It’s the only way we’ll exorcise the demons of last season. More importantly, it’s the kind of attitude we need to get our Europa League campaign up and running properly.
It’s going to be a cracker tomorrow despite the unusual nature of the 3:30pm build-up. It’ll be interesting to see how Ferencvaros cope without some of their biggest talents available to them.