Norwegian Report: Bodo/Glimt to sign winger who's already faced Celtic twice this season

By David Walton

January 18, 2022

Bodo/Glimt are to continue their pre-Celtic recruitment drive with the signing of Jablonec winger Dominik Plestil, according to Norwegian outlet Nettavisen.

Kjetil Knutsen’s side will face Celtic in the Europa Conference League next month. However, with the club currently undergoing a major rebuild, players are coming in and going out of the Norwegian champions like there’s no tomorrow.

Already, Bodo/Glimt have snapped up Brice Wembangomo, Fredrik Sjovold, Gaute Hoberg Vetti, and Runar Espejord respectively. Meanwhile, top talents such as Erik Botheim, Patrick Berg, and Fredrik Andre Bjorkan have all left for pastures news.

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Now, however, Bodo could be about to make their 5th signing of their close season with the addition of Jablonec’s Plestil.

The Czech winger may be a name that rings a small bell amongst Celtic supporters. He played in both matches against the Hoops in our Europa League third qualifying round back in the summer.

Nettavisen believe the player is all but set to accept personal terms and bring the electric pace he showed at Parkhead over to Norway in time to be added to the squad for our UECL crunch clash.

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Knutsen isn’t doing anything he hasn’t done before. He’s made his reputation on rebuilding his Bodo/Glimt squads year on year. He’s used to his best players being taken and replacing them with lesser-known talents.

As for Plestil, you could be forgiven for not remembering him to a great extent. Jablonec were hardly overly-dangerous in the final third and it was a tie we comfortably won 7-2 on aggregate. However, Plestil’s pace was a particular source of optimism for them throughout the tie.

He’s likely going to be up against Greg Taylor at left-back when the tie comes around. It’ll be an interesting battle for certain, and Greg will need to be wary of consistently going on an overlap or underlapping run given Plestil’s ability to utilise the space in front of him.

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If he is given the chance to feature against the Hoops, then the Celtic tie will act as Plestil’s first-ever games for his new club. Bodo/Glimt do have a pre-season training camp in Spain lined up where they’ll play 3 friendly matches before heading to Glasgow.

It’s going to be an interesting clash and, in truth, against a side that’s going to be wholly different from the one that bossed the group stages.

It’s certainly lining up to be an intriguing battle. And as things are gathering pace, it looks like a tie we have more than a decent chance of winning.

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