KR Reykjavik are going to play Celtic for the second time in their history and for the second time they won’t get the proper experience coming to Scotland.
When the bhoys last played KR in 2014, the team was moved to Murrayfield for their qualifiers while Celtic Park was used for the commonwealth games.
Now, this time around, they get to visit Celtic Park but NOT in front of the famous Celtic support.
KR manager Runar Kristinsson admits he’s devastated his players will not be able to soak up the atmosphere on the night. Granted, it would have been far from a full house in normal times but to be playing in front of no supporters for the one-off tie is not ideal.
Speaking to SunSport, Kristinsson said:
“It’s very boring just now in football both for players and fans. Of course, our players would want the chance to experience the atmosphere in Glasgow, but it is not possible.
“We did play Celtic elsewhere before and the atmosphere was crazy. But now it will be like playing a practice match at our training centre, except it’s on real grass.
“We were always going to get a difficult opponent and Celtic isn’t a bad draw in terms of that it’s a short, easy trip if the game goes ahead in Glasgow and it’s very easy to get information on them.
“My assistant manager and I watched them against Kilmarnock on TV.
“There are always opportunities in football and chances to surprise. Yes, it is far-fetched to plan to beat Celtic at their home ground, but we don’t go into any game unless we have faith in the players.”
Celtic’s next game will be against KR after their two domestic games were cancelled by the SPFL. Barring an absolute disaster, the bhoys SHOULD have enough to defeat the Icelandic outfit – even behind closed doors.