Celtic have to get the job done against Bodo/Glimt


We have seen a lot of Norwegian opposition in the last six years.  Who can forget the defeats home and away at the hands of Molde in 2015?  The away game provided an iconic image for the limits to Ronny Deila’s Celtic.

After a goalless home leg against Rosenborg in 2017, we won the away leg 0-1 thanks to a James Forrest goal.  A year later the same opponents took the lead in the first leg at Celtic Park before Odsonne Edouard (2) and Olivier Ntcham gave Celtic the advantage, the return ended 0-0.

Three months after that Champions League qualifier, we met Rosenborg again in the Europa group stage, winning 1-0 in both Glasgow and Trondheim.  Rosenborg fans probably have a nervous twitch at the mention of Celtic, but although we bettered them across the three ties, each game was tight.

Bodo/Glimt are Norwegian champions for the second season running.  They put their forward slash on the map in two remarkable Europa Conference games against Jose Mourinho’s Roma, winning 6-1 in Bodo and earning a 2-2 draw in Rome – Roma equalised with 6 minutes remaining.

Right now, Bodo/Glimt would fancy their chances against Celtic.  This could change by the time the teams meet on 17 February.  That game is four weeks before the Norwegian league season is due to start.  Notwithstanding our injury peculiarities, Celtic players will be at peak fitness, Bodo/Glimt’s will be two months without a competitive game.

Glimt also have the curse of the successful small club to deal with.  Their squad is vulnerable to more resourceful clubs, and there are hundreds of more resourceful clubs in Europe than Glimt.  The team they deploy in 2022 could be quite different than this season’s draft.

Ignoring their preseason status and other difficulties, this is a tie Celtic should have more than enough in the tank to win.  Football is hard against vastly more resourceful teams, so when it comes to Ross County, Hibs and Bodo/Glimt – who attracted 5,652 fans to the Roma game, we have to get the job done.  Mourinho is rubbish too, so big deal.

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  1. Two things I’ve experienced in speaking about Covid to lads at work is this:



    1) there’s nothing to be gained in arguing with an anti-Vaxer, it’s a waste of time.



    2) in the north of Ireland, generally, the strongest anti-Vaxers seem to be DUP leaning in their politics. Which for me, makes sense.

  2. HOT SMOKED on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 9:31 AM



    I work on the assumption that no one is daft enough to make known their actual birthday on any public forum, more so on one that by its nature might attract those with hostile intentions.

  3. Chairbhoy from 5.37am…



    All the best to you and yours too sir over the festive period….in fact all the best in life in general.



    Now COYBIG tonight.






    D :)

  4. ernie


    Considering the number of times such events have appeared on here, I would have to say yours is an erroneous assumption .



    PS I am sure there is an anagram of : Happy Birthday in your post somewhere :-)



    Cheerio for now,


    Golf calls.

  5. HOT SMOKED on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 9:59 AM



    May I be the first to wish you a Happy Unbirthday and many more to come.

  6. TIMBHOY163 on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 9:38 AM


    Surely it’s time for football to be played in the Spring/Summer ,it’s really miserable for players and fans to sit and play on cold damp days and nights.



    Also we would hopefully be better prepared for European Qualifiers

  7. Belated happy birthday Hot Smoked



    It is always good to mark happy events on CQN, given the heartbreak we have all witnessed on here.



    We just need to be a wee bit mindful that we ate not Facebook.






    PS : Just away to wish a couple of Facebook friends, Happy birthday.

  8. St Stivs



    There was a UK flag over the Jungle in the 80s/early 90s definitely. I remember someone saying it started during the Celtic/SFA fight over the Irish flag, i.e. we fly both which reflects the history. Don’t know if that is true.

  9. I’m fully vaccinated and I have had my booster. No, I don’t know “what’s in it”. Neither this vaccine or the ones I had as a child. Nor do I know what’s in the 11 secret herbs and spices at KFC.


    I also don’t know exactly what’s in Ibuprofen or any other painkiller– they just treat my headaches & my pains.


    I don’t know what’s in tattoo ink, botox and fillers, or every ingredient in my soap, shampoo or deodorants. I don’t know the long term effect of mobile phone use, or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.


    There’s a lot of things I don’t know.


    I do know one thing: life is short. Very short. And I, personally, still want to do things. I want to travel and hug people without fear, and find a little feeling of life “before”.


    Throughout my life I’ve been vaccinated against many diseases. Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chickenpox, hepatitis, pneumonia, influenza, rotavirus, tetanus, pertussis. We trusted the science, and never had to suffer through or transmit any of those said diseases.


    I’m vaccinated. Not to please the government. Not to make other people do it. But I don’t want to:


    * die from Covid-19


    * clutter a hospital bed if I get sick


    * not be able to hug my loved ones


    * have to test routinely


    * live my life in fear


    I can’t say it any clearer.



  10. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    SFTB @ 12:16 am



    technically this morning but last night in my mind ….



    Thank you for posting on the Hibs ticket allocation farce.



    As you said … Entirely predictable.



    I now look forward to all those imbeciles who shrieked “Sporting integrity” ….



    … coming out equally publicly with



    ” I was wrong !”



    Not holding my breath though.



    One aspect of the report I’d challenge



    “Embarrassing for Hibs”



    Is it hell.



    They’ll sweep it under the rug as will the rest of Scottish football.



    Pathetic. Incompetent. Dishonest.



    As always

  11. St Stivs. Was the flag you speak about not on top of the Old Stand and to the front of it.? It could only be seen from outside the front of the building.



    There certainly was one in the stadium somewhere and that was in Sir Bob Kelly’s reply to those who stated that we only flew the tricolour.,

  12. RAY SINGH-CARR on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 11:20 AM



    very mature and accurate post.



    find myself in a similar position,


    after years of never being sick or taking any medicines, i am now on a range of tablets having been seriously ill.



    fearing taking everything, i asked my doc about all the listed side effects. she said aye, its differenet for everybody, but mostly it aint that harmful, and by managing doses, and switching tablets at appropriate times, well you will be ok in the long term.



    and what is i dont take them in the short term ?



    well thats it exactly, she said, dont take them and you will be short term.



    quite funny my doctor, off irish grand-parents as well.

  13. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    On the Hibs / ticket thing – I actually agree with an initial 50:50 split as a starting point for allocations – always have thought that would be the right thing to do for cup finals.



    In this case – we would have arrived at the same outcome without the furore.



    I do get the argument that there are five times more Celtic season ticket holders, that some of the Hibs fans will never have been at a game before the final, etc. – and I know I wouldn’t volunteer to give up my chance for a ticked in favour of a Hibs fan getting one – but I do think it seems a more fair starting point.



    It would, of course, need to be agreed and announced at the start of a season – not brought up as an issue just because Celtic happened to get into the final.






  14. JHB on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 7:52 AM.



    A well researched post and I cannot argue with the content.



    The vaccination programme give us the best chance of normality and I am fully onboard with it.


    However all the vaccines you listed took years to develop, in some cases decade’s, so I can absolutely understand apprehension.



    I wonder why you missed out Smallpox ? To date, it is the only disease completely eliminated by vaccination.




  15. Some flicks you probly don’t want to see…



    Mild At Heart


    Starship Droopers


    Forest Dump


    City of Cod


    and the classic fishing flick


    Requiem For A Bream



    I think anyone with multi monikers certainty has issues in the real world and on here.