Celtic have decided against training on the synthetic surface of Bodo Glimt’s Aspmyra stadium because of the threat of storms and high winds in the arctic circle.
The move is a little surprising as it mirrors what Roma did before receiving a 6-1 hiding, hopefully that won’t be the case for us.
With so many players having been hurt particularly with hamstring injuries, it is little wonder Ange Postecoglou is not willing to risk his players in the frigid conditions more than he has too.
Celtic will still train but not at the stadium.
As reported in The Scotsman:
Norwegian media outlet NRK is reporting that Celtic have decided to cancel their pre-match training session at the match venue and use alternative facilities. This is because winds of up to 45km, sleet showers and thunderstorms are anticipated on Wednesday evening.
Roma did the same when they faced Bodo/Glimt earlier in the competition – and ended up losing 6-1.
The decision has surprised observers in Norway, with NRK correspondent Carl-Erik Torp questioning Celtic logic.
“It’s a strange decision by Celtic,” wrote Torp. “They should have learned from Roma.
“I assume it is an assessment in relation to the sporting benefits of training under the weather conditions that have been forecast.
“But there is a huge difference in the surface at Celtic Park and Aspmyra. It does not get them acclimatised before the match itself.
“Bodo/Glimt have a good chance of going through. They have a good lead and they showed an impressive calm and security in the game against Celtic at home. They’ll probably only get even more energy from a full Aspmyra.”