Celtic to face Bodo/Glimt

ELIAS HAGEN has warned his Bodo/Glimt teammates that their Euro match against Celtic is NOT over.

The Norwegians are leading 3-1 after last week’s European Conference League win over Parkhead.


Bodo Star / Glimt Elias HagenCredit: Kenny Ramsay

But midfielder Hagen knows Celtic will shoot and said: “This is not the end.

“We need to recreate the performance in Bodo. I expect Celtic to do it for real.

“They will put pressure on us because they need goals. We only focus on our performance. If we can play at our best level, we will succeed.

“We will not change the way we play. We have a saying at Glimt: we focus on performance, not score.

“If it loses 1:0 or 2:0, we continue to do the same. We want to do well and if we do that we know we will win.

“Are we sure we will finish the job?

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“We are confident in our abilities, but still we have to show a good game, because Celtic are a good team.

“We played a really good game in Glasgow, it was a great game and we showed that we have a high quality.

“Perhaps Celtic underestimated us a bit because we are in the off-season.

“They obviously knew what we did in previous European games, but maybe they felt that we would not be the same because it was our pre-season.”

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Hagen was taken aback by the atmosphere at Parkhead, but he insists Celtic will be blown away by the conditions on Thursday night.

The midfielder added: “It was an exciting game and everyone here is talking about the atmosphere in Glasgow.

“I have never played in front of over 40,000 fans like we did in Italy against Roma, so it was a new experience for me.

“When we played in front of 40,000 fans in Italy, it was a completely different game because you couldn’t communicate with each other.

“I think it helped us when we went to Glasgow. You just have to play your instincts and trust each other.


“The temperature in Bodo is not very cold right now, maybe two or three degrees lower. But because of the wind it seems that minus 12.

“When we played Roma, it was only a couple of degrees of frost, but because of the freezing wind it was much worse.

“That night it was about minus 20, it was absolutely cold and you could see what it did to them.

“I hope it will be difficult for us to play in such conditions.”

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