Qarabag 0-0 Celtic


Celtic turned in a mature away European performance this evening as the subjugated Qarabag in the heat of Baku. Chances were at a premium for both teams. Qarabag were reduced to hopeful shots from outside the box, while Celtic took an hour to fire their first real effort, but had the best two chances of the game.

Celtic were nervous looking in the opening 15 minutes, as they struggled to retain possession, allowing Qarabag ample opportunity to build attacks. Midway through the first half Craig Gordon attempted to punch with his left hand but missed and, fortunately, the ball hit his right hand and fell to safety.

29 minutes in Qarabag’s best player, Almeida de Oliveira forced a save from Gordon from outside the box but although the Celtic keeper had to stretch to reach it, it was a save he would have expected to make. A minute from the break Nir Bitton attempted an audacious chip from the halfway line which the keeper backtracked to stop.

10 minutes after the break El Jadeyaoui had the first attempt of the game which was made inside the box but Gordon saved easily. Then Gary Mackay-Steven drove across field before passing to Stuart Armstrong, who took a step inside the box before shooting over the bar.

On 66 minutes Qarabag found a man in space inside the box for the first time but by the time El Jadeyaoui took a touch Dedryck Boyata was on hand to block.

Seven minutes from the end Stefan Johansen made his trademark lung-busting run into the box to assist Armstrong but Stefan was a tad ahead of the pass and ended up shooting wide while stretching back.

James Forrest had the best chance of the game four minutes from time. He ran at the Qarabag defence from 40 yards out, rode one challenge, and found himself clean through with the keeper to beat but instead of shooting from 12 yards he tried to square to Griffiths (who was never going to get the ball) and the chance was missed.

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  1. Well done Bhoys, job done. HH



    No point in even analysing that as it is over and we are through. One


    recommendation though:



    shoot Forrest shoot…




  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Some exceptional performances tonight, within an overall professional display.

  3. Margaret McGill on



    Your new CQN is brilliant


    Your new servers are shite


    its taking me forever to refresh pages outside of UK

  4. bournesouprecipe on

    Good professional performance by Celtic in a difficult tie against the technically sound defensive Azerbaijan champions.






    Celtic supporters who watched the game at Celtic Park would have taken a 0-0 all week long for the return in Baku, but in fact we should have won both legs, especially from one of the two late Johansen and Forrest chances.






    Some class performances from Bitton especially, but Celtic are light years ahead of the side that crashed out to Maribor, after a year of RD and JC leadership.






    Full marks to BT Sport for tempering Sky bias, and filling the commentary with some Celtic thoughts.






    Looking forward to the draw, and then El Glasico.






    MOM Nir Bitton

  5. the glorious balance sheet on

    That referee was crazy, the Swedish Wilhelm Collumsen I think. Where do UEFA get these crackpots from?



    Bitton, Lustig and Izzy were excellent. We need a bit more guile middle to front. Next round will be harder still, but job done for now.

  6. I’m chuffed as, me


    Early night to make up for the unexplained restless slumber of last night


    Still think we shoulda hammered them but every player done played their position like a champion :)


    Oh that’s right we’re the champions innit :)


    Night night n hail hail timdom


    Oh and JJ I posted earlier that I thought Nir Bitton just stole the MotM from Stokesy, after him I thought Izzy proved tonight if he is asked to concentrate on defending he is a shit hot left back :)


    Hail hail

  7. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Good Evening Timland.





    I’ve had a really shit day, only caught the last 30 mins on the telly, had


    tae suffer radio shortie beforehand,thought we were in control and had


    2 great chances,we now have European fitba up until Christmas, we need


    that at the very least,I think we are progressing under RD,I will sleep the


    sleep of the innocents tonight,away tae chill, God bless the Celtic family.



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/qarabag-v-celtic-live-updates/comment-page-19/#comments


    Really disappointed tonight………..can’t believe we didn’t score. Questions MUST be asked.

  9. Subjugated now there’s a word.


    I know it’s boring but I remember when dross like qarabag were just a nuisance.


    Oh dear as the man said ” we gotta get out of this place if it’s the last thing we ever do”


    Anyway fantastic we’re still there.

  10. Margaret McGill on



    That was a close one!


    At least our European Camp pain will continue on mainland Europe!

  11. NZB - Beelin' and greetin' Troll Heids on

    I see the server gerbils are getting it again…well they deserve it. The mighty Tic on the other hand deserve only fulsome praise.



    Ps now I grovel to Paul – new look site all working dandy pour moi and thanks for effort and refresh. Appreciated.

  12. bournesouprecipe on

    The wee precocious James Forrest that burst into the Celtic side some years ago, would have wannered


    that chance into the Qara ( onion ) bag.

  13. Overall emotion is delight and relief that we got through a tricky tie.



    Some of our knee-jerk judgementalists were in a hanging mood and their lynch party has been postponed for one more round.



    Lustig and Bitton were vital in the composure they transmit.



    Quite impressed with their right side CB- Gusayev (number 55).



    Whoever we get next round will be tricky- that’s where we are at a European level.



    Well done Ronny and all the bhoys

  14. Anyone got the game stats tonight?




    Fouls conceded, bookings etc…






    How did you think the ref did tonight ,Paul?






    It was widely reported before the game tonight that Celtic’s best chance would be from a set play, based on what we saw in Glasgow.




    What did we get? One corner in 90 minutes and one (maybe two free-kicks in their half). The result of the ref refusing to award frees meant we had less opportunities to score and probably – given the conditions- less of a chance to get a breather.






    Maybe I’m just paranoid!

  15. That was a masterclass in away European performances. We have come a long way in last 3 years.



    Well done Ronnie and the team

  16. Captain Beefheart on




    Some good aspects as well as some bad.



    They are mediocre. Numerous poor passes. A trainspotter has more chance of penetration than them.



    Great chance to go through. We need to invest now.

  17. Site is very slow to load also in the UK. Otherwise I like it. Sure there must be a fix.



    The ex Dundee Utd bhoys need to realise we are a step up to their old team. GMS in particular needs to up his game.



    Ciftci yet to show he deserves a jersey, the jury’s still out for me.

  18. Delaneys Dunky on

    Magic, Ronny and the Bhoys!


    Very professional performance. If we can keep Nir Bitton and Mik Lustig fit, we have two world class players in our team. Excellent!


    Really weird listening to a biased commentator IN FAVOUR of the Celtic. Strange but wonderful.

  20. I paraphrase from an earlier Hamilton tim post…….


    ” I’ll be happy with 0-0 will show that Ronny has learned blahdefeknbla”




    I’m a nervous wreck ya eejit ….away win for me every time :O)

  21. Would have loved a goal-obviously-however we are through and that’s all that matters. The education of our young players is continued in a hostile environment and the SMSM can kid themselves on they are happy with our progress…much like the bitter sevconian in my local.






    (I exempt Richard Gordon who is fair)

  22. Margaret McGill on

    I suspect the SQL testing of the new CQN has been done in the UK only.


    Responses outside suck.


    Tried using proxies in APAC Americas Europe etc only UK has small chattering.

  23. I have watched matchs where the plan and execution were excellent and then we went and we lost by a bad call from the ref,a bad bounce,a bad goalie mistake ,but that was the best defensive game I have watched the Celtic play. It is great when they can all sit in that dressing room and no one has to hang his head in regret .it will bring them closer as a team



  24. The Good Ship Celtica on

    Careful with that tax moonbeams,



    From previous thread. What is this ‘Opera’ of which you speak? And how do I use it?



    Idiots guide only please!





    Sailing On….

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