Copenhagen reveal huge demand for Celtic visit but deny Patryk Klimala pursuit

FC COPENHAGEN have confirmed that they have sold nearly 33,000 tickets for next month’s Europa League round of 32 first leg against Celtic at their Telia Parken stadium.

Telia Parken has a capacity of just over 38,000 – which will include the tickets given to the travelling Celtic Support – so the match looks certain to be a complete sell-out.

A post on social media confirms that there is high demand in Denmark for this Europa League show down with Neil Lennon’s side. Translated tweet says “One month into the Celtic match and nearly 33,000 have secured their seats! Find your seat before it’s too late.”

And the encounter is likely to even tastier after the Danish side hit back at claims that Celtic beat them to the signature for Polish Under 21 star Patryk Klimala. Celtic win the race to sign the striker last week in a £3.4million deal and reports from Poland suggested that Copenhagen were also keen on signing the player, with Patryk – who made his Celtic debut at Firhill on Saturday in the 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle – claiming he chose Celtic over FC Copenhagen.

“It’s true there was a bid from Copenhagen on the table but as soon as Celtic came in with their offer. I wasn’t considering any of the other clubs.

“I’m looking forward to playing against Copenhagen in Europe now,” Patryk Klimala told the media, as reported by Scottish Sun.

That though has been denied by the Danes with the Copenhagen manager backing a club statement denying that they were involved in the bidding for the striker.

Solbakken said: “We were linked and apparently had negotiations with a striker I had never heard of. We are not in a financial positions where we can afford to spend money like that anyway.

“It was reported we were outbid, but we weren’t part of any bidding for him,” Solbakken claimed. While the official club statement was equally as emphatic. “There were reports that we tried to buy Patryk Klimala. Normally, we do not comment on this, but in this case, FCK did not submit a bid to either club, the player of his agent.”

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