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Celtic: Kris Boyd confident that the Hoops can overcome FC Copenhagen in Europa League

Celtic: Kris Boyd confident that the Hoops can overcome FC Copenhagen in Europa League - Celtic

Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd feels that Celtic have every reason to be optimistic about progressing further in the Europa League this season.

The Hoops’ reward for winning Group E was a tie in the last 32 against FC Copenhagen and they will have the second leg at home on February 27th.

Sky Sports pundit Boyd thinks that Neil Lennon’s side won’t have too much to fear against their Danish opponents.

He told Sky Sports that Celtic “will be confident that they will be able to go about their business as it is a difficult tie but I don’t think it will be one that they will lose too much sleep over and will be looking forward to it.”

Boyd added that the Hoops have a “great opportunity” to “flex their muscles in Europe” and “will be thinking ‘bring it on’.” [via Sky Sports]

Judging by the manner in which Celtic qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League this season, Boyd is quite right to talk up the Hoops’ chances of getting to the last 16.

Lennon’s team won four and drew one of their six group games, ensuring qualification with two matches to spare and then guaranteeing top spot prior to last week’s meeting with CFR Cluj.

They came from behind to beat Lazio 2-1 and record a first competitive win in Italy, while late winners from Christopher Jullien and Olivier Ntcham in their two victories over the Serie A side showed Celtic’s resilience against opposition from a major European league (Serie A is ranked fourth in UEFA’s association club coefficient).

FC Copenhagen, whose teenage forward Mohammed Daramy has been a transfer target for the Hoops (according to 90min.com), qualified for the last 32 despite winning only two of their six group games and scoring a mere five goals – Ryan Christie managed three on his own in the group stage for Celtic.

They will also come into the last 32 tie quite cold, with the Danish league now on a two-month break, whereas the Hoops will have been back for a month by the time of the first leg on February 20th.

Lennon’s team ought to be wary of the scoring threat posed by FC Copenhagen strikers Pieros Sotiriou (13 goals in 29 games this season) and Dame N’Doye (nine goals in 16 games).

However, with Christie, Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest all scoring 13 goals or more this term (prior to last night’s game), and with Celtic qualifying in far more convincing fashion than FC Copenhagen, it’s easy to see why Boyd has strong faith in the Hoops to get past their Danish opponents.

Celtic fans, do you agree with Boyd’s verdict on February’s Europa League tie? Share your views in the comments section below!


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