Coolen tries to steady the Rosenborg ship before it sinks in Glasgow

NEW manager Rini Coolen has revealed details of his crisis meeting with the Rosenborg players at the weekend and believes that they will be able to focus on putting in a decent performance over the to legs against Celtic over the next week.

Rosenborg have thrown themselves into self inflicted crisis by dismissing the hugely popular and successful Kare Ingebrigsten as their manager immediately after their 3-2 aggregate win over Icelandic minnows Valur in the first qualifying round.

Perhaps  Ingebrigsten could have had no complaints had he lost that tie – and he was only a minute away from going out – but he got through to face Celtic so it has to be seen as a strange move from the club’s board.

It certainly has upset both the players and the supporters – who demonstrated yesterday alongside  Ingebrigsten outside their stadium.

Coolen knows he has to steady the ship before their Champions League hopes sink in Glasgow and Celtic will be looking to take full advantage of all of this mess on the new and improved fast surface at Celtic Park.

The new Rosenborg boss provided this latest update: “We had a meeting…we went over what happened the last couple of days.

“These are professional players. They said what they thought about what happened and now they move on.

“They pick themselves up and prepare themselves, that’s what they do. They play for the club and especially the supporters.

“So we will be ready for the next game.”

That remains to be seen.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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