The Euro 2020 atmosphere that could have interesting implications for Celtic

By Hamish Carton

June 18, 2021

Celtic may be in for a hostile visit to Midtjylland next month – if the sights of a Euro 2020 game yesterday are anything to go by.

Ange Postecoglou will take on the Danish runners-up in his first competitive match at Celtic Park on July 20th with the return leg at the MCH Arena eight days later.

Celtic may only be permitted as little as 500 fans for the home leg but the return encounter could be a different story.

Yesterday, 23,395 fans packed into Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium for the Euro 2020 clash between the Danes and Belgium. (BBC)

Denmark fans at the Belgium game / (Photo by Martin Rose – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

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This represented 61% of the stadium’s 38,065 capacity – and was a significant increase on the 13,790 who attended Denmark’s first game against Finland. (BBC)

A Scottish Sun report from earlier this month confirms that the Danes were now permitted to fill well over half of their stadia for games.

Celtic could face a sizeable Midtjylland support

Those regulations would mean that around 7,000 Midtjylland fans would be allowed inside the 11,432 MCH Arena.

And that would be a pretty hostile environment for Postecoglou’s new look side to enter – with Champions League progress on the line.

Midtjylland fans at a game in April / (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

The tie against the Danish outfit is looking tougher and tougher with every passing day.

But this is the non-champions route. Nobody said it would be easy.

At least the noise will soon return.

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