How the Bodo/Glimt camp is preparing for Celtic tie; 3 matches scheduled

By David Walton

January 5, 2022

Bodo/Glimt have informed Norwegian media outlet Avisa Nordland of their plans as they prepare to face Celtic in the Europa Conference League next month.

The Norwegian champions will travel to Celtic Park for a first-leg clash on Februry 17th. The Hoops will then play the return leg away from home a week later.

Bodo/Glimt are currently in their off-season, meaning it’ll be a race against time for them to be up to speed by the time they face Ange Postecoglou’s men. With Celtic well into their 2021/22 campaign by the time both teams play, the advantage should be firmly with Celtic.

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But as our Euro foes look to get themselves up to the required standard, they’ve now confirmed their plans for the next month.

Avisa Nordland has stated that manager Kjetil Knutsen has informed them of the 3 warm-up games they’ve scheduled as part of their training camp in Spain.

Firstly, Bodo/Glimt will face Dyanmo Kyiv on January 26th. This will be followed by a game against CSKA Moscow 8 days later. Their final pre-season prep match in Spain will come against Danish side AGF Aarhus.

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Interestingly, the outlet also states that Bodo/Glimt are set to leave Spain just 2 days before they face Celtic. It therefore stands to reason that they’ll travel directly to Glasgow from their warm-weather camp.

Celtic, of course, decided against going away for their own winter break. The Hoops were due to face Hajduk Split in Portugal, but due to concerns surrounding Covid, decided not to depart.

Not that it will leave the Hoops unprepared come the time the UECL clash comes around. Indeed, we’ll be well into the second half of our campaign by then.

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Of course, the Norwegians have more than just these fixtures to worry about. They have top players leaving them left, right, and centre at the moment. Erik Botheim and Patrick Berg have both exited along with midfielder Fredrik Bjorkan. Ola Solbakken could be next too as their squad threatens to be ripped apart.

Even if Bodo/Glimt captured the imagination of Europe by dismantling Roma – we still have the advantage heading into this one. We’re the ones who should be favourites and it’s undoubtedly a tie we should be winning.

As always, we’ll keep you up to date on the Norwegians’ preparations as we countdown the days to our February meeting.

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