Stefan Johansen briefs Celtic on Europa Conference League opponents as Bodo/Glimt captain raves about Parkhead atmosphere



Former Celtic star Stefan Johansen has given Bodo/Glimt an update on the Hoops ahead of their Europa Conference League clash.

The Hoops host the Norwegian champions at Parkhead on Thursday night in a first leg of the play-offs.

And former Norway international Johansen, who enjoyed a stellar two-and-a-half seasons with the Celts from 2014 to 2016, has provided Bodo/Glimt skipper Ulrik Saltnes with some insight into his former club.

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder – who played for Bodo from 2007 to 2010 – told Saltnes all about the reception he should expect in Glasgow.

Talk to today’s newspaperSaltnes revealed: “Celtic are obviously a great club with a lot of history. Everyone in Europe has heard of Celtic.

“We know they have a big stadium of fantastic fans. I actually hope there will be 60,000 people there – it would be fantastic to play in that environment and see if we can deal with that pressure. .

“It will be an incredible experience.

“A lot of Norwegian players have also played there, guys like Stefan Johansen and Kristoffer Ajer.

“Stefan is from the same club as me and when he was back in Norway he was always talking about Celtic.

“He told me it was a huge club and a great place to play football.

“The culture of Scotland is similar to that of Norway, so Norwegians tend to like it there.

“I didn’t speak to Stefan before this match, but I’m not sure he would give me too many details!”

Bodo won’t be intimidated by Parkhead’s atmosphere, though.

They are no minnows and shocked European football with the 6-1 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the Arctic Circle in the group stage. They also managed a 2-2 draw in Italy.

And Saltnes hopes to repeat the feat when they land on Scottish shores.

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He added: “I don’t think Roma were prepared for us in any way. They came to town late, they didn’t have a training session, I don’t think they were ready for the weather, the conditions – or our players.

“Football is a strange game, if you kick them at the start it can shake you up for the rest of the game.

“I think that’s what happened in the first game. Hopefully we can do it again. Maybe not the same scoreline, but let’s see if we can get a result.

“We are always confident in our own abilities – but we are also humble. In Europe you meet great teams and Celtic are in that category.

“It’s not like we’re going to be overconfident, but we believe in ourselves.

“It allows us to focus on ourselves.”

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