ROSENBORG defender Vegar Hedenstad isn’t getting carried away with a Champions League third qualifying round first leg goalless draw against Celtic in Glasgow.
The full-back insists there is a lot of hard work still to be done by Kare Ingebrigtsen’s side in Trondheim on Wednesday night.

Hedenstad, 26, said: “It would be amazing for Rosenborg to be back playing in the Champions League group stage – a dream come true for these players.


“But we need some luck and to be as good as we were at Celtic Park in three more games to get there. If we do that, we’ll have a chance and it would be fantastic to achieve it.

“When I was a little boy it was my dream to meet the best teams and players in the Champions League. That was always the aim as a young player.

“It would be such a nice feeling to play at that level, not just for me, but all our players. Every footballer wants to play in that competition because it’s the biggest in Europe – that’s what everyone works towards in their career.

“When I came to Rosenborg, the target was always the Champions League or, at least, the Europa League. Hopefully, this can be our year.”

He added: “I managed to keep Scott Sinclair fairly quiet and felt I had a good game against him.

“He’s a great player with fantastic skill. You can see he’s maybe not at 100 per cent fitness, but he was still dangerous.

“We’ll need to be aware of him again on Wednesday night, but I’m confident I can defend well again.

“We will take a lot of confidence from the game in Glasgow into the second leg.

“We know we have a very good team who on our day can compete with teams like Celtic. We feel good about our chances.

“If we can keep a clean sheet in Trondheim we should go through.”


Episode 6 of The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind takes a look back at the ‘Celts for Change’ movement of the 1990s, which paved the way for Fergus McCann’s historical takeover of Celtic Football Club.


The radio archives have been trawled, and the tone of the contemptuous Scottish media during Celtic’s demise may come as no surprise. The infamous Daily Record / Sunday Mail radio advert exclaiming “RIP Celtic” can be heard in full – and it hasn’t aged well.‘Celts for Change’ remains one of European football’s most-successful fan movements, and it is as relevant today as ever, as the Scottish football authorities fail to act on the Supreme Court’s decision on Rangers’ (IL) unlawful use of EBTs.

Paul John Dykes chats to The Alternative View’s Matt McGlone about the coming season, and is also joined by former Celtic TV presenter, and avid Aberdeen fan, Ally Begg to offer a balanced view on Celtic’s nearest challengers.


50,000 Celtic fans can’t be wrong…Connect with A Celtic State of Mind @PaulDykes and @CQNMagazine and please LIKE the CQNMagazine page on Facebook.

Meanwhile listen to the new CQN Podcast below…

And a quick shout out to all the Celtic supporters who made the trip to Sunderland today and were rewarded with a superb performance and a 5-0 scoreline in favour of the Bhoys.
The Tommy Gemmell CSC Dunblane was there as they always are.
Watch out for an in-depth article on CQN later this morning which will make for extremely reading for Neil Doncaster. Part 1 of the response…
And CQN’s HECTOR’S GOTCHA t-shirts now have STRIP THE TITLES on the back. Those who say the fight is over will soon discover just how wrong they are.
You can get your Gotcha! t-shirt in green from CQNbookstore.com – we have been selling these to Aberdeen, Dundee Utd, Hibs, Hearts, St Johnstone and Dundee supporters, so it isn’t only Celtic supporters who feel strongly on David Murray’s cheating years.
We were looking at a live podcast but there didn’t seem to be that many interested in taking part.
Maybe look at this another time. We will have some very important podcasts coming up over the next few weeks.
Strip the Titles…
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