Viktor Fischer won't make Celtic game despite Stale Solbakken's hopes

By David Walton

February 26, 2020

Copenhagen danger-man Viktor Fischer is officially out for the second-leg at Celtic Park.

The Danes announced the news on their official website as they published their 20-man squad to take the trip to Scotland. Copenhagen visit Parkhead after a 1-1 stalemate in the first match in Denmark. Odsonne Edouard’s goal was canceled out by a Dame N’Doye strike on the night, but Celtic still have an away goal advantage.

So it’s really on Copenhagen to break us down, but they’ll will definitely be without Fischer, who hasn’t traveled with the first-team.

Copenhagen star Viktor Fischer (Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

This comes just a couple of weeks after Ekstra Bladet stated that Solbakken was “hopeful” that the Dutchman would feature in Glasgow.

That won’t be the case, with Copenhagen also confirming that Nicolai Boilesen, Jonas Wind, Robert Mudrazija will all miss out too.

N’Doye and Ragnarsson back in the fold

N’Doye comes back into the picture after being suspended for the weekend’s 1-1 at Silkeborg. Meanwhile, Ragnar Rigurdsson, who was rested on Sunday, also comes back into the squad.

Outside of that there are no real notable pieces of information regarding Copenhagen’s squad. They come to Parkhead with all XI of their starting players from last week still available to them.

Celtic will likely need to rely on our own pace against Copenhagen’s lack of it. If there’s one thing Solbakken’s team didn’t look, it was quick. Indeed, the Danes often got at us with crosses into our penalty area as opposed to using any real pace.

Stale Solbakken (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Therefore, we need the likes of Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer to be on form from the start tomorrow. Copenhagen are likely to be direct once again, but the fact they haven’t won any of their opening three games since the winter break will concern Solbakken.

Out of all four of our Europa League last-32 ties since its revamp in 2009, this is by far the weakest squad we have faced. Hopefully, Celtic can take advantage of that tomorrow night.

How difficult will it be to break Copenhagen down tomorrow? How big a loss is Fischer in your eyes? Where are the Danes’ other threats going to come from? Let us know in the discussion forum below.