How Midtjylland camp reacted to a dramatic night at Celtic Park

By David Walton

July 21, 2021

Midtjylland managed to take a 1-1 draw from Celtic Park last night, and it appears there’s general content after the performance.

Bo Henriksen took charge of only his second competitive match in charge of his new club. And as the Danes go through a big period of transition, their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round clash with Celtic remains in the balance after goals from Liel Abada and Evander cancelled each other out.

Granted, that doesn’t mean that Henriksen saw the game the way we all did. Bizarrely, he feels his side defended well despite the host of chances we created. In addition to that, he’s gone and bigged up his midfield despite being bossed for the most part.

“We won a lot of balls in the middle of the field”

As quoted by Danish outlet Bold, Henriksen said: “We pushed them hard and kept them away from our half. We won a lot of balls in the middle of the field, and then we had some episodes where we have to be a little bit more skilled on the ball forward.

“We defended significantly better, and we were better in our defensive changes, and that is an insanely important detail, especially in European football.

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“We defend really well after we got the red card, and their chances in open play was minimal, and that is what I am perhaps most proud of. That we get on a difficult away road in Europe and defend so well with ten against ten.”

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Henriksen appeared to miss Ryan Christie’s two glorious opportunities in the first half. He also must’ve been sleeping when Odsonne Edouard missed his one-or-one. Perhaps he was chatting to his assistant when Callum McGregor rattled the crossbar.

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Celtic ended the game with 11 shots to Midtjylland’s three. How Henriksen can claim his side won a lot of midfield battles is anyone’s guess.

Not to say that our Danish foes didn’t put up a good fight. But if we’re being serious, they were generally ran riot by the Celtic midfield trio of Ismaila Soro, Callum McGregor, and David Turnbull respectively.

It was total dominance, and on another night Celtic could’ve been 3-0 up on the hour mark. Of course, in fairness to Henriksen, he can’t paint too gloomy a picture ahead of next week. He’ll need to instill some confidence into his players, as they simply didn’t show enough last night.

Teenage Midtjylland striker loved his Celtic Park debut

One of those players involved, 18-year-old striker Mads Hansen, was making his debut for the club.

He’s been reacting on the Midtjylland official website to the game, and it’s fair to say he enjoyed the Parkhead experience:

“It’s been a long time coming, but it was great to make my debut. It’s big for me personally. I am local and have been at MCH Arena since I was very young, so it means a lot to me.

“The debut didn’t come at MCH Arena, but it was also a very nice stadium to do it at [Celtic Park]. Even though there were only 9,000 out of 60,000 in the stadium, there was still a really good atmosphere, and it was just cool to experience. And then it also helps that we come from here with a usable result.”

You could be forgiven for forgetting that Hansen came on. His impact was minimal and he only featured for the final eight minutes.

But it shows how special Celtic Park is. So many players adore coming to Glasgow and playing on the famous turf. That Hansen got to make his debut here is more special than he may even realise.

Celtic, however, will be confident of snuffing out the striker and his teammates next week in Denmark. We showed we were the better side last night, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be in control of the second leg too.

Regardless of what Henriksen thinks.

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