Neil Lennon’s Hoops travel to Denmark for Thursday’s last-32 first-leg and will no doubt have done their homework on Cypriot forward Sotiriou, who scored 14 goals for club and country in last season’s Danish SAS Ligaen, including a crucial goal in the 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev earlier in the Europa League group phase.
With the new Danish top-flight just one match into their campaign, players can still be bought and sold and, according to Danish news outlet tipsbladet.dk, Solbakken has confirmed Sotiriou’s departure in a £4 million deal with Kazakhstani side Astana during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking via the Sun, the experienced ex-Wolves coach explained: “The timing could be better. I acknowledge that.
“Our wish was that the transfer would happen in a few weeks’ time but we got a good offer.
“It is not a super offer, but I would refer to it as an acceptable offer and that’s why we sell him now.
“Of course it’s a pity that it happens before our matches against Celtic.
“But I am convinced that with Dame N’Doye, Michael Santos and Mikkel Kaufmann we will probably be okay.”
Surely such a big blow so close to kick-off hands Lennon and Celtic a pretty big advantage, no?
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