When Celtic must register their Champions League squad vs FC Midtjylland

By David Walton

June 23, 2021

As we all know by now, Celtic will kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign against FC Midtjylland of Denmark.

The first leg is due to take place on July 20th at Celtic Park. The return game will then be played eight days later. It’s a tie that will mark the debut of Ange Postecoglou in the Celtic dugout – competitively anyway.

With the game coming in only 27 days, there are major question marks to be asked of Celtic’s recruitment. The Hoops have major areas of concern in their first-team squad regarding shortages.

And, as it turns out, Celtic only have 22 days to get their squad ready. UEFA have set a deadline of July 15th for teams to submit their squads for the second qualifying round [UEFA Regulations of the Champions League, Article 45].

We do, however, have until July 19th to add two new players, giving leeway for any new signings.

Celtic have several key areas for concern ahead of UEFA Champions League qualifier

If you’re looking at the most glaring area of weakness, you can’t look anywhere other than the backline. Should we sell Kris Ajer, and that’s a strong possibility, Celtic could have Nir Bitton partnering Stephen Welsh at centre-back. Not to mention Anthony Ralston on the right.

Then we have big concerns with the strikeforce. It could be the case that we only have Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti available up top. Agsin, that will be dependent on how quickly we sell Odsonne Edouard.

Celtic also have a problem down both flanks. We only have Mikey Johnston available down the left with Mohamed Elyounoussi having returned to Southampton. There’s also no reliable replacement for James Forrest, who will almost definitely start the games vs Midtjylland.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou must be backed / (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

It’s highly unlikely that Celtic strengthen in all of these positions before the qualifier. But it’s a necessity that we at least get some work done at the back.

Celtic can’t afford to get off to a slow start under Postecoglou. The last thing we need is added pressure and doubt being thrown on him from the off. That’s what will happen if we lose to Midtjylland.

So fingers crossed the board give him the required backing he needs. As the registration date closes in, Celtic need to start completing some deals soon.

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