Midtjylland boss Bo Henriksen has been giving his thoughts on his club’s Champions League draw with Celtic this week.
Celtic will take on Midtjylland on July 20 at Celtic Park, the return leg 8 days later in Denmark.
Both clubs will be desperate to get to the next round of the competition and even though Celtic are at the their weakest in years, Henriksen wasn’t getting carried away, he even claimed the games could be ‘wild’.
“It is a top class team in Europe.” the manager told Bold.dk.
“This can be seen in both budget and coefficient points, but we believe in the possibility.
“We believe we can beat them and we are really fine with them. It will be two battles of life and death, where we really have to go out and fight for it.
“Of course we have an opportunity to beat them, and we must do everything for that.
“They are known to always fight and work hard, but we have some of the same qualities and we can push them physically.
“It will no doubt be two wild matches with everything at stake. We’re looking forward to it.
“It is our vision and ambition that we will be in Europe every year.”
Celtic have not faired well in the qualifiers in the past three seasons. Even in the seeded Champions path we have been knocked out by clubs who are smaller than our next opponents.
Given Celtic have to rebuild and they’ve not properly started things yet, the task of trying to get into the Champions League group stage looks far beyond our capabilities.
Whoever loses will get a chance to qualify for the Europa League, and whoever wins would see themselves go straight into the Europa League groups if they were knocked out in the next round.
It would be a disaster to have no European football at all next season, we should be good enough to qualify for the Europa.