UEFA publish confirmed Celtic squad for Midtjylland tie

By David Walton

July 19, 2021

UEFA have this morning confirmed the Celtic squad for the Champions League second qualifying round against Midtjylland.

The Hoops will face off against the Danes over the next two weeks for a spot in the third qualifying round. The first leg will take place tomorrow night at Celtic Park, with the return leg set for next Wednesday.

In perhaps the biggest piece of news from the squad, there is no place for Olivier Ntcham or Kristoffer Ajer.

Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain, Ross Doohan, and Conor Hazard make up the goalkeeping quartet. There are also spots in the squad for new arrivals Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide.

Youngsters such as Leo Hjelde and Luca Connell have also been given places in the squad.

The B list has yet to be confirmed at the time of writing. However, expect the likes of Karamoko Dembele, Kerr McInroy, Scott Robertson, and other homegrown youngsters seen during pre-season to be on that one.

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The major talking points here are the absences of Ntcham and Ajer. The latter appears to be off to Brentford, but Ntcham is supposed to be trying to impress at Parkhead once again. This doesn’t read well for him.

Some may be wondering why new signing Liel Abada hasn’t made the squad either. However, he’s likely to be one of the two additions Celtic are allowed to make 24 hours before the game.

The squad released by UEFA today will have been the one submitted to the governing body before Thursday’s registration deadline.

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Celtic head into the clash with a mixture of confidence and pessimism. The new Ange Postecoglou era officially begins tomorrow night. Fans will be keen to see how we perform in competitive action.

However, Midtjylland qualified for the group stages last season and will be eyeing up doing so again. They’ve proven they cannot be taken lightly.

Here’s hoping the Bhoys can see it through and get us rolling with a positive result tomorrow night.

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