Copenhagen set to sell striker ahead of Celtic clash

Pieros Sotiriou is travelling to sign for Astana instead of facing the Scottish champions.

Copenhagen set to sell striker ahead of Celtic clash SNS

Celtic have been handed a boost ahead of their Europa League tie with FC Copenhagen as the Danish side have agreed a deal to sell a key player.

Striker Pieros Sotiriou played every minute of the club’s group stage campaign, scoring three times, but Copenhagen have accepted an offer reported to be in the region of £4m and the player is travelling to Kazakhstan.

The Cyprus international would have been in the running to face Neil Lennon’s side at Telia Parken on Thursday evening but is now likely to have completed his move by then.

Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken is quoted by Ekstra Bladet as saying that the timing was far from perfect, though he expects injured players to return to the team on Thursday.

“We got a good offer, he told the newspaper. “It is not a super offer, but I would refer to it as an acceptable offer. That’s why we sell him now.

“Of course it’s a pity that it happens before our matches against Celtic. But I am now convinced that we, with Dame N’Doye, Michael Santos and Mikkel Kaufmann, will probably be fine.”