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CELTIC v ROSENBORG HISTORY

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CELTIC take on Rosenborg for the fifth time in European competition tonight.

The Hoops have won three of the previous four encounters, scoring six goals and conceding four.

Here is the history of the confrontations between the Scottish champions and the Norwegians:

CELTIC 2, ROSENBORG 1; European Cup, First round (1st leg): September 13, 1972

CELTIC struggled against the valiant amateurs from Trondheim in their first-ever game against Norwegian opposition.

The tie was switched to Hampden with renovation work taking place at Parkhead, but the 90 minutes was played in a ghostly atmosphere with only 18,797 fans turning up at the national stadium.

Jock Stein’s men looked to be well on their way to a convincing triumph when Lou Macari broke the deadlock in the 16th minute and Dixie Deans doubled the advantage a minute from the turnaround.

The Hoops were stunned when Bjorn Wirkola pulled one back four minutes after the turnaround leaving Celtic with a slender lead to take to Norway.

TEAM: Williams; McGrain, Callaghan; Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly; Hood, Dalglish, Deans, Macari, Wilson (sub: Lennox 46).

ROSENBORG 1 CELTIC 3 (Agg: 2-5); 2nd leg, September 27.

THE visitors were stunned when Jan Christiansen lobbed Evan Williams to open the scoring eight minutes before the interval.

Celtic were now trailing in the tie because of the away goal rule and boss Stein got to work on his players during the half-time break to make sure they were not on the receiving end of an embarrassing scoreline.

The players responded and Macari equalised on the night with a tap-in from close range in the 57th minute.

With eight minutes to go, Harry Hood struck for a second and Kenny Dalglish, with his first-ever European goal, made sure of a place in the next round with a third a minute from time.

TEAM: Williams; McGrain, McCluskey; Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly; Johnstone, Dalglish, Macari, Hood, Callaghan.

CELTIC 1 ROSENBORG 0; Champions League group stage, October 10, 2001

AN expertly-taken deadball effort from Alan Thompson in the 21st minute gave Celtic their first-ever win in the Champions League group stages at Parkhead, watched by a crowd of 57,233.

Martin O’Neill’s team were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Stan Petrov had been fouled.

Henrik Larsson acted as a decoy as he ran over the ball and Thompson drilled an effort low past the keeper at his left-hand post.

The return of Harald Brattbakk to the east end of Glasgow added spice to the confrontation and the Norwegian brought a flutter to the hearts of the home fans with a fine run into the box before he was thwarted by a strong tackle from Johan Mjallby.

TEAM: Douglas; Mjallby, Balde, Valgaeren; Agathe, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Thompson (sub:Guppy, 65); Sutton, Larsson.

ROSENBORG 2 CELTIC 0; Champions League, October 23, 2001

CELTIC’S worst nightmare was realised as Brattbakk came back to haunt them in the Group E clash that left the Glasgow team’s hopes of qualifying for the next stage hanging by a thread.

They were toiling as early as the 19th minute when their former player netted the opener with a sweet strike from 25 yards that zipped low past Rab Douglas.

The Hoops keeper had no chance when Brattbakk netted the second in the 36th minute. He blocked an effort with his legs, but the ball rebounded to his ex-colleague who knocked it home.

Douglas saved a penalty-kick from Bent Skammelsrud just before the interval, but the Hoops couldn’t take advantage of the reprieve.

The nearest they came to a fightback was when a Larsson header smacked against the crossbar.

TEAM: Douglas; Mjallby, Balde, Valgaeren; Agathe, Petrov (sub: Moravcik), Lambert, Lennon, Thompson (sub: Hartson); Sutton, Larsson.

Episode 5 of The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind comes hot on the heels of one of the club’s most controversial European ties in recent memory.

* What now for the Green Brigade?
* Dedryck Boyata – Are reinforcements on route?
* Virgil van Dijk – The windfall cometh;
* Farewell to Emilio Izaguirre.

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