Nomme Kalju President makes unusual Celtic comparison

By David Walton

July 18, 2019

Nomme Kalju President Kuno Tehva has today made the odd comparison of comparing Celtic to legendary rock band Metallica.

The Estonian club’s head believes the attraction of the Hoops to Estonia is just as big for the city as that of the metal band. Metallica, funnily enough, are playing a gig in Tartu (south of Tallinn) this evening. Therefore, it’s not a comparison completely out of the blue.

Meanwhile, Celtic will be gearing up to face the Estonians away from home in two weeks’ time. That will only come after Kalju have experienced Celtic Park in the first leg next week.

Neil Lennon’s men are considered box office (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But Tehva believes that, when Celtic make the journey to Estonia for the first time, it will be just as big as tonight’s rock gig. Speaking in the Herald, the Kalju head made the remarks.

“We are proud to be able to bring a club like Celtic to Tallinn and I believe it is just as big an event as the Metallica concert.

“Our players have a great opportunity to show their skills against a top-notch club and, although we have respect for the opponent, we don’t approach the tie with awe.

“We managed to win against Maccabi Haifa, another very big club, so everything is possible.”

Massive day for Nomme Kalju and Kuno Tehva

Nobody can deny this is as big a tie as the Estonians have ever had in their history. Celtic represent their greatest ever foe, as we arrive in Estonia as a club littered with European success and proud tradition.

Celtic’s match in Estonia will take place at the A Le Coq Arena (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

This will be the tie of Kalju’s lives, and it’s important that Celtic and Neil Lennon respect that. We’re not turning up in Tallinn and facing a side who’ll be in total shock and awe that they’re playing Celtic. That just doesn’t happen. They’ll likely be in our face and trying to stop us playing whatever way they can.

The comparison to Metallica is a plausible one given they’re featuring in Estonia tonight. And Celtic are certainly a massive draw wherever they go. The fact this is our first time in Estonia too may also increase the intrigue factor for all parties.

Celtic overcame Sarajevo without much of a fuss last night (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But it’s essential that Celtic don’t allow the tie’s mystique to get in the way of doing a professional job. If we can see off the Estonians comfortably at Celtic Park next week, it minimises the pressure going to Estonia.

Lennon will of course be fancying winning both matches. At this time of the season, however, we can’t be too picky. Hopefully, any fairytale story here is squashed at Parkhead, allowing the players to simply enjoy their football without pressure in two weeks’ time.