Celtic find themselves with a mountain to climb when they face Bodo/Glimt in the second leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League tie, away in Norway. The first leg finished 3-1 in favour of the Norwegian champions and quite convincingly. Thus, unless Ange Postecoglou’s side are able to rectify a number of their mistakes within the span of a week, it is hard to see them going through to the next round.
Of course, stranger things have happened in football and never say never. But, it is safe to say that it will be very difficult for Celtic to pull off a big result against the Norwegian champions in their own backyard, where they have an incredible record.
But then, the same could have been said about Bodo/Glimt in the first leg, but they did manage to get a result in front of the Celtic fans.
Bodo/Glimt star, Elias Hagen, has made a brilliant claim about the Celtic fans from that game though, observing how they did not turn their backs on the team. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:
"“We know from previous European games if we are doing well then sometimes the crowd can turn their backs on their team.“When we were in Rome, for example, we were leading 1-0 at half-time and everyone was shouting and booing. That helps us because if the home crowd are booing then you know you are doing something right.“That didn’t happen last week but I enjoyed the atmosphere. It was a lot of fun playing at Celtic Park.”"
Can Celtic go through to the next round?
Many people might have underestimated the quality that Bodo/Glimt possess, ahead of the first leg. But there is no doubting it now.
The Norwegian champions are a great team, who play brilliant attacking football and they have already shown that they are capable of getting the best of Celtic on their day.
But at the same time, the first leg could have gone in a different direction on a different day. Celtic had more possession, more shots, more shots on target and a better passing accuracy against Bodo/Glimt in the first leg. They just could not take their chances while the visitors did, which ultimately ended up proving to be the difference.