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  • Edvaldsson predicts Celtic victory in Iceland

    Edvaldsson predicts Celtic victory in Iceland

    By: Mark Henderson in Iceland on 14 Jul, 2014 18:15

  • FORMER Celt Johannes Edvaldsson believes the Scottish champions will face a stern challenge from KR Reykjavik in tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League second round qualifier first leg.

    But the Icelander still expects the Hoops to prevail over his compatriots and take a lead back to Murrayfield next week for return fixture.

    A popular player during his five-year stint in Paradise – when he was known simply as ‘Shuggie - Edvaldsson made almost 200 appearances for the club between 1975 and 1980.

    Although primarily a defender, such was his versatility, he played in almost every outfield position for Celtic, while his physical prowess saw him become a mean goal threat.

    Among his highlights in the Hoops was being part of the side that sealed a dramatic 4-2 victory over Rangers in May 1979 to claim the league championship, despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

    Still based in Scotland, Edvaldsson accompanied Ronny Deila’s men on their flight to his homeland today and caught up with the official website to give his thoughts on the encounter.  

    “I think Celtic will win it but KR will give them a hard time,” he explained. “They are halfway through their season and have played a little bit more games but I still think Celtic will take it.

    “Celtic must go through, so that is why KR wanted to keep the game at their home ground. Icelandic football is good, though, and there are no mugs. It’s professional and is played over the summertime,  but they have built artificial pitches and they can have a winter league indoor, too

    “KR have have won the league in Iceland for the last number of years and this season it’s been contested by KR, FH and Stjarnan, who play Motherwell on Thursday.

    “I still keen an interest in football in Iceland, and with the internet, you can follow all the football. My son is a Celtic supporter and I see most of the games on the TV.

    “I don’t really stay in touch with my former team-mates. But if you come across the likes of Danny McGrain, he has never changed and is still the same. I also saw John Clark today who was my assistant manager so it was nice to catch up with him.”

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