Sotirios Papagiannopoulos labels Celtic the biggest team in Scotland
Copenhagen centre-back Sotirios Papagiannopoulos has stated that Celtic are the “biggest team in Scotland”.
The Swedish international looks set to start against the Hoops this Thursday in our Europa League clash in Denmark. Copenhagen and Celtic will then play each other again in the second leg of their last-32 tie next week.
Meanwhile, Celtic have been romping towards success in Scotland. We’ve already won eight Premiership titles in-a-row including three consecutive trebles in the last three years. Recent results have also seen us storm to a 10-point lead over Rangers in the league this season too.
And it appears as though our success and dominance of the game in Scotland has been getting the right kind of attention abroad. Speaking in comments published by the Glasgow Times, Papagiannopoulos stated his belief that there’s no bigger team than Celtic in Scotland.
“They are the biggest team in Scotland. They have been a very good team – they have had lots of experience of the Champions League and the Europa League and I think it is going to be a difficult game.
“But I also think it is going to be 50-50. It’s two good teams who are playing each other so you never know. I think we know that we have the chance to go through if we can play two good matches.”
Celtic’s success has shot us away from Rangers
Our success in recent years has earned this kind of attention. Celtic’s reputation in Europe these days will be growing, but our domestic titles will always make us stand out from the rest of the competition in Scotland.
Where we haven’t managed to get anything going is in European competition. Celtic have never managed to qualify for the last-16 of the Europa League, granted we did progress to the latter stages of the UEFA Cup before its rebranding.
Celtic have reached the last-32 of the Europa League, however, on three previous occasions. Inter Milan, Zenit, and Valencia have all knocked us out of the competition over the last five years.
Copenhagen represents a chance to finally reach new ground. Considering we come into this one as the seeded team and the side in better form, we won’t ever have a better chance of progressing to the next round.
Granted, it’ll be difficult. They remain the champions in Denmark and continue to be the biggest club in their country. Being away from home first will also mean that we need to keep it tight and not allow Copenhagen to build any momentum.
However, with the way Neil Lennon’s Bhoys are performing, you wouldn’t bank on Celtic getting anything other than a win on Thursday night.