‘It’s very boring’ Reykjavik boss is saddened at empty stadium Celtic Champions League tie

KR Reykjavik gaffer Runar Kristinsson has admitted he is saddened at having to play against Celtic in an empty stadium – comparing it to a practise match.

The Celts have been drawn against them for the first round in the Champions League, in a one-leg match.

He said: “It’s very boring just now in football both for players and fans. Of course, our players would want the chance to experience the atmosphere in Glasgow, but it is not possible.

“We did play Celtic elsewhere before and the atmosphere was crazy. But now it will be like playing a practice match at our training centre, except it’s on real grass.

“We were always going to get a difficult opponent and Celtic isn’t a bad draw in terms of that it’s a short, easy trip if the game goes ahead in Glasgow and it’s very easy to get information on them.

“My assistant manager and I watched them against Kilmarnock on TV.

“Even though we don’t know where the venue will be, we know we are definitely playing Celtic and of course, they will be a strong opponent.

“There are always opportunities in football and chances to surprise. Yes, it is far-fetched to plan to beat Celtic at their home ground, but we don’t go into any game unless we have faith in the players.

“We need to be on top of our game in every way to have a hope. We are an unseeded team in the first qualifying round and we have to accept it will be very difficult.

“Not playing games before the Celtic match will make it even more difficult for us and other Icelandic teams. It was hard enough before in Europe.”