Celtic were handed one of the toughest ties possible when they were drawn against Bodo/Glimt for the knockout round playoff of the UEFA Europa Conference League. Both teams have been impressive in Europe this season and as a result, this one is expected to be a close contest between the Scottish giants and the back-to-back Norwegian champions.
Celtic had been drawn in the same group as Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencvaros in the Europa League. Even then, Ange Postecoglou’s side managed to get 9 points out of their six group games, even getting a win against Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who sit at third in La Liga right now ahead of teams like Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
On the other hand, Bodo/Glimt are a team to watch out for as well, and hold a 6-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma this season.
The Norwegian side have had to let go of a number of players in recent times though with their league season coming to an end. The latest name on that quickly growing list is that of Marius Lode, who has joined Schalke, who tweeted out:
Bodo/Glimt suffer another blow before facing Celtic in the Europa Conference League
It is safe to say that Bodo/Glimt have been weakened over the past several weeks, losing a number of their key players.
Another advantage that Celtic will have is the fact that the Norwegian league season has come to an end and as a result, when the two sides meet in February, Bodo/Glimt will not have a lot of match practice as they will be in the midst of pre-season.
This is nothing new for a team like Bodo/Glimt though and they must be accustomed to it already. As a result, Celtic will have to go into the tie with the Norwegian champions knowing that they will have to be at the top of their game.