Boost for Celtic as European opponents FC Midtjylland ban star striker

Despite all the ins and outs of Celtic Park at the moment, there is still a large degree of team unity at Paradise. It can be agreed upon that Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and arguably Olivier Ntcham are all wantaways from the club, yet despite this they are still committed to the cause, whatever happens to their futures over the summer. A lack of professionalism is definitely not rife in Lennoxtown.

The same cannot be said for tomorrow’s nights opponents FC Midtjylland, however. One of their star men, Sory Kaba, has refused to play for the Danish champions to try to force a move away from the MCH Arena; resulting in manager Bo Henriksen ordering his exile from the first-team squad; a move which will only harm squad harmony and boost Celtic’s chances of winning the two-legged tie.

Celtic players form a huddle before the pre-season friendly match at Celtic Park – there will be 7,000 more fans here tomorrow night, though. Photo: Andrew Milligan

A report from The Daily Record has suggested that Kaba, 26, refused to play in a pre-season tie against Czech Republic outfit Sigma Olomouc recently, and stormed out of training when asked to play out of position – something which didn’t sit well with Henriksen at all. Kaba has been linked with Watford, Swansea and Middlesbrough in recent weeks, however with just 18 goals in 57 games for Midtjylland, and having struggled at recently relegated French outfit Dijon, Kaba has shown that he isn’t exactly ‘mustard’; his goal record in a poor division where he was only fourth top scorer shows that despite the interest shown in him by British clubs, he isn’t of the talent bracket required to be creating a storm in Denmark.

Time will tell how Celtic get on in their European adventures; a tough draw awaits the winners of this clash, with giants PSV Eindhoven being a potential outfit. However, Celtic need to take advantage of this dressing room shun to advance – let’s hope they do so.

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