Molde captain Daniel Berg Hestad insists he will relish Celtic Park showdown


BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Molde captain Daniel Berg Hestad insists playing in a hostile atmosphere at Celtic Park will inspire him.

The 40-year-old midfielder, who will retire as soon as the club’s Europa League campaign comes to an end, is going out with a bang after helping Molde establish a three point  lead at the top of Group A.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will attempt to complete a home and away double against the Hoops on Thursday after stunning Ronny Deila’s side in a 3-1 win last month.

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Hestad’s has been hailed for his Europa League performances (Pic: Jarle Vines Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 3.0)


And record-breaking appearance holder Berg Hestad admits he is planning to make the most of his remaining time as a professional footballer.

He said: “These games become more motivating and it gives you an extra boost in these battles.

“The formation the team plays is also one that suits me perfectly. I just sit and try to control things while the others take care of the attacking side of things.”

Molde boss Solskjaer admits the playmaker will definitely return to the side for the Celtic showdown after using Berg Hestad from the bench in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Viking in their penulatimve domestic match of the season.

The former Manchester United striker said: “Daniel will start against Celtic. He’s been incredibly good in Europe this season and has stood out on several occasions.

“He deserves it. He is a wonderful ambassador for the club and his family. So unless something drastic happens he’s going to start.

“He’s been incredibly clever to take care of himself. He looks after his body and eats the right things, he has been his own coach.

“He is also a competitive person. He manages to adjust himself mentally to hit peak form for such important matches.”