Neil Lennon is hoping Copenhagen will be 'undercooked' when they play Celtic

By John McGinley

December 17, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hoping that the fixture schedule of Copenhagen results in them being ‘undercooked’ by the time that the Bhoys visit Denmark, The Glasgow Times report.

The reigning Danish Superliga champions played their last match for two months on Monday evening, beating Odense 2-1 at home.

It keeps alive their hopes of retaining their title, though they remain four points behind Erik Sviatchenko’s FC Midtjylland.

With a winter break now commencing, they have just one competitive fixture before the Hoops fly to Copenhagen, coming just days before the 20th February.

The Celtic boss admits it’s something that has caught their eye, though stresses he’s yet to determine the positives and negatives.

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As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “We will see how we are shaping up when February comes.

“Copenhagen have their winter break now and it’s quite a prolonged one. So that may work to our advantage or it may go against us, we’ll just need to see nearer the time.

“You are hoping they will be a little bit undercooked, but you never know. But I think it’s a decent draw. We will study a lot of Copenhagen over the next few weeks.”

Celtic opponents FC Copenhagen / (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

What does Celtic’s schedule look like?

Celtic will be incredibly busy in the two-month period, in comparison, despite Lennon’s squad also enjoying a winter break in January.

The Hoops’ break is much shorter, lasting from the full-time whistle against Rangers on December 29th and stretching until 18th January, when we play Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

There’ll then be a further seven matches in the weeks leading up to the Copenhagen clash.

Hopefully, that isn’t too heavy a schedule that burns us out for the fixture. The Danes could be well-rested, but as Lennon suggests they could be lacking match fitness too.

It’s a potentially big advantage and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of friendly schedule they stick to over the coming weeks and months.