The forgotten star who links Celtic and Bodo/Glimt

By Hamish Carton

December 14, 2021

It will come as no surprise that there aren’t too many links between Celtic and Bodo/Glimt.

When Ange Postecoglou’s men face the Norwegian champions in February, it will be the first time our paths have crossed.

But there is at least one player who has played for both sides, although he may be forgotten by both fan bases, given the time that has passed since he left.

Step forward Stefan Johansen.

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The Queens Park Rangers captain, who played for Celtic between 2014 and 2016, actually started out his career at the Eliteserien side.

Johansen joined Glint’s youth academy as a 14 year-old in 2005, eventually making his breakthrough for the first-team two years later.

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From there he joined up with Ronny Deila’s Stromsgodset before being brought to Celtic by Neil Lennon in early 2014.

Bodo/Glimt have produced some good players; Celtic must give them respect

The Norway international isn’t the only player to have made it after leaving Bodo/Glimt.

Former Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey also came through the Glimt academy many years ago.

Jens Petter Hauge left the club after their first title win, signing for AC Milan and netting twice against Celtic in the Europa League last season.

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All of this info is relatively irrelevant when it comes to February’s tie. But it does show that the club from the Arctic Circle do produce good players, and good players is what Celtic will face.

Maybe a few of them could put themselves in the shop window over the two legs.

We do like our Norwegians after all.

In other news, John Hartson couldn’t resist a dig at Rangers as he spoke about Shaun Maloney and Celtic earlier