STALE SOLBAKKEN, the FC Copenhagen boss, has made it clear he is not afraid of Europa League last-32 opponents Celtic after this afternoon’s draw

The Danish club’s gaffer reckons his side have a 50/50 chance of getting into the next stage of the competition at the expense of Neil Lennon’s men.

Solbakken, 51, has managed the club against the Hoops previously in 2006 when Gordon Strachan’s Hoops qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League.

Honours were even in their meetings with Celtic winning 1-0 at home and FC Copenhagen triumphing 3-1 in the return in a truly awful performance by the visitors.

This time, though, the Danish coach is convinced his players will do well enough in the first leg on home soil on February 20 before the trip to Glasgow to face a capacity crowd at Parkhead for the second leg a week later.

Solbakken told the club website: “I think it was a fine draw for us and we have a fair chance of going to the round of 16.

“It’s an attractive team for our fans and we had some good fights against them in 2006.

“I regard our chances as 50/50, so it is a fine opponent for us.”


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