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Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou could see his side pushed into the Champions League qualifiers
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Celtic vs. Midtjylland Premier Sports 1, 7:45 p.m., Tuesday
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It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of going to Celtic and avoiding defeat seemed quite fancy, but Midtjylland should have no inferiority issues towards Glasgow for their League second qualifying round. champions.
This Celtic squad, the one bequeathed to new boss Ange Postecoglou, looks like a pale imitation of recent squads and the Danes can take a positive result across the North Sea for next week’s second leg. There are plenty of incentives to support them to win the first leg, but they’re also a decent prize with the no-bet draw as a fallback to be sure.
Postecoglou has a reputation for sending offensive teams, but the tools at his disposal seem limited. And they barely struck a blow in Saturday’s desperate 1-0 home loss to Preston, a score that flattered them rather than the winners.
They weren’t complete but looked incredibly lethargic, and pre-season concerns about the new manager and the lack of a lot of transfer moves are making diehards nervous.
Wantaway frontman Odsonne Edouard is Australia’s unmistakable leader while Postecoglou longs for the good performances of Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie. Defensively, they look messy.
Midtjylland, backed by ex-Hoops goalkeeper Erik Sviatchenko and ex-Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, lost their first Superliga game last Friday – beaten 2-1 at home by Odense – but probably has a game or two of ahead of Celtic.
They are missing a player or two, but Bo Fredriksen’s men are a progressive squad and are definitely playing Celtic at an ideal time.
There are a few other decent betting rounds on Tuesday’s Champions League card – Rapid Vienna v Sparta Prague, almost a derby match in this competition, is one of them.
But there is also the feeling that FC Sheriff will have too much for Armenians Alashkert in Yerevan.
Both sides have been in the Champions League before, with Alashkert doing a desperately hard job to eliminate the understaffed Connah’s Quay on two legs. Sheriff, on the other hand, effortlessly dealt with Albanian champions Teuta Durres with a pair of wins to zero, taking the first leg 4-0.
Moldovan football is struggling to do anything at the international level, but there is money flowing in Tiraspol, where head coach Yuriy Vernydub has invested large sums in a major rebuilding of the squad. .
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FIRST PUBLISHED 3:29 PM, JULY 19, 2021