Icelandic football expert rules out any chance for KR Reykjavik vs Celtic

By John McGinley

August 18, 2020

Former Iceland striker and current national U21s coach Tommy Tomasson has ruled out any possibility of KR Reykjavik shocking Celtic in Glasgow tonight, speaking to BBC Sportsound.

Neil Lennon’s Bhoys kick-off their campaign to reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League this evening, starting off with what looks to be an opportunity to comfortably progress.

With the abandonment of the two-legged format however, there are higher stakes here and Celtic can’t be caught on an off night.

For Icelandic football expert Tomasson though, who is also a TV pundit in his homeland, KR are dreaming if they think they can do anything.

KR Reykjavik in friendly action against Orlando City / (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Asked how big a challenge they can bring to the Scottish champions, the former striker told BBC Sportsound on Monday night: “Not too much. There’s so much difference between semi-pro teams and pro teams like Celtic. I don’t think that KR have any chance to do anything.

“It will be very difficult for KR to get a result.

“They have good team effort together, they are quite organised. They have to be organised against such a good team as Celtic.”

Presenter Kenny Macintyre then asked if it could be a big, big win for the Hoops, which Tomasson agreed with.

If Celtic turn up and play at the best of their abilities tonight, the club should comfortably progress to the second qualifying round.

The opponents there will be the winners of a tie between Ferencvaros and Djurgardens, a potentially much stiffer challenge than KR.

KR Reykjavik manager Runar Kristinsson / (Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photonews via Getty Images)

However, with Celtic having home advantage in both rounds, Lennon’s men have to play with confidence and ensure there are no nerves or slip-ups.

It’s going to be great seeing the team back in action tonight after the drama of the last week.

Hopefully the match can be a springboard towards a sustained run of good form in domestic and European action.

In other news, Celtic target Ivan Toney has made it clear he wants to leave Peterborough United.