The small allocation Celtic will have for Bodo/Glimt clash in Norway

By David Walton

February 7, 2022

Celtic will only take 400 supporters to Norway for their Europa Conference League second-leg clash against Bodo/Glimt in over a fortnight’s time.

The Hoops have been drawn against the Norwegian champions in what’s looking like a tasty double-header of European knockout football. The first leg will take place at Parkhead on Thursday 17th February, with the return game a week later.

It was only confirmed as recently as last week that Norwegian football clubs will be allowed to host at full capacity once more after previous Covid restrictions were in place. And now, Celtic’s SLO has confirmed that the Hoops will take a small 400 tickets to the Aspmyra Stadium in Bodo:

Bodo/Glimt’s Aspmyra venue can only host just over 5,500 – a massive difference from the 60k+ both teams will experience at Celtic Park next Thursday.

Even so, it’s just great to see that Celtic will indeed get some away tickets for this one. The only other European away match Celtic fans have been allowed in to see this season was the trip to Bayer Leverkusen.

Midtjylland, Jablonec, AZ Alkmaar, Real Betis, and Ferencvaros all saw no Celtic supporters attend for differing reasons.

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Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt will represent an intriguing European challenge

It feels bizarre to think we would be favourites against a side who battered Roma 6-2 earlier in the campaign. But that’s exactly the position we’re going to be finding ourselves in come next week.

Bodo/Glimt have lost several key players since their group stage exploits. The likes of Erik Botheim, Patrick Berg, and Fredrik Andre Bjorkan have all departed. Another of their stat-men, Ola Solbakken, has been consistently linked with a move away too [Fotospor].

A host of new signings have come in. However, not many of Kjetil Knutsen’s new arrivals could be deemed high-profile. They certainly aren’t more proven than the players that have already left the Norwegian club.

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Glimt are currently undertaking a warm-weather training camp in Spain to prepare for the trip to Parkhead next week. So far, they’ve played 2 training matches that saw them draw 1-1 with Dynamo Kyiv before beating Danish outfit Aarhus 1-0 last week. They’ll round off their camp with a final prep match against Elfsborg on Thursday.

But they’ll do well to match the intensity and form of Celtic under Ange Postecoglou. The Hoops are clicking at just the right time of the season and look ready to boss anyone they come up against.

Hopefully, we can bring our domestic form onto the European stage when the time comes.

In other news, Kris Commons forced into full-scale Ange Postecoglou and Celtic U-turn