Rosenborg fail to lay glove on Celtic


Despite the slenderest margins between the teams over two legs, Rosenborg failed to lay a glove in earnest on Celtic in Trondheim last night. James Forrest, who likes a goal in the qualifiers, connected wonderfully with a shot from a right angle which was visible only on rebounding off the back of the net.

In a sign of things to come, Celtic were composed in possession, even deep inside their own box. This desire to take a touch and find a pass wasn’t entirely successful. Rosenborg pressed high regularly, forcing Craig Gordon into unmeasured passes to the wing.

Kieran Tierney was magnificent, especially in the first half, when he maintained a high position on the left. This gave Celtic their most reliable route to attack.

Rosenborg sprung forward at halftime, causing Celtic some consternation for a period, although Gordon was never stretched. Brendan Rodgers had the luxury of bringing Leigh Griffiths off the bench; Celtic didn’t look back.

Don’t think things are going to ease up. That 1-0 aggregate score saw us enter the final minutes able to concede once without the threat of elimination. That wasn’t the case in either the third or fourth qualifying rounds last season. I hope we’re back in the afternoons for penalty practice.

While we are one tie away from the Champions League group stage, we are also on the brink of making it out of Pot 4.  If Sevilla, Napoli, Liverpool or Olympiacos exit the competition and Celtic progress, we will be in Pot 3 for the group stage.  Olympiacos are in the champions section of the draw alongside Celtic, but they went out of the competition to Haopel Be’re Shiva last season, who lie in wait again this term.

Sevilla, Napoli and Liverpool are all in the non-champions group, where tasty opponents Nice and Hoffenheim await in the non-seeded section.  Sevilla make a Gaudi-esque art form of going out of the Champions League in the qualifiers, to let them concentrate on their main purpose in life – dominating the Europa League.  If we take care of our own business there’s a decent chance we’ll move up the rankings.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Mary’s Meals appeal yesterday, and to Intelligent Car Leasing, who made the magnificent offer of 4 hospitality tickets for Saturday’s league opener against Hearts.  The winner was informed by email a few minutes ago – so check!


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  1. Looking forward to the draw



    Whoever we get- they will have a more threatening front line than we faced with Rosenborg.



    Jevtovic was the best of the 3


    Bendtner remains a big haddie


    and De Lanliq was consuming too much of his own surname.



    We have had mighty battles before with Astana and Ber Sheeva- it will be the same again this time, playing a team who have done as well as we have to reach this stage.


    PHILBHOY 942



    Lucky it wasn’t a stomach pump!



    I suppose I must have frittered it away somehow…



    Oh,ffs. Fritters. Homesick now!



    When’s O’s results-and beatification-due?



    Give her and C a wee hug from me. You can have a cyberpint and think yersel lucky…




    Results on Tuesday by text at 8:00am.



    Wee yin’s a bit nervous, like her Mum and Dad!



    I’ll let you know!



    Hope you are well!

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Have this strange feeling that we’re going to be drawn away first and get an Amsterdam-style two goal win to take home. Hopefully without the accompanying nervy second leg!

  5. Lol, just the other day I was reading posts about how we needed a CH and the club where not investing in players it’s all PL fault, and BOOM! Brendan Rogers comes out with his statement, alls well, no need for panic we are fine, after that statement we got this ……………………………….”…………………”………………………”……………”……..”………………….”…………………….




    Yes nothing, not a peep, but Brendan my friend mind your back, they will do you in a heartbeat, some in here are worse than Huns and the SMSM, yes the keyboard Ultras have been shut up AGAIN, and long may it continue.


    United we stand,in Brendan we trust.



    Bring on the draw. We don’t care…

  7. Zbyszek on 4th August 2017 12:19 am



    Mr. Z – many thanks for your enlightening posts since the Legia tifo on Wednesday.



    I would never have realised the true significance of that banner and the extent of the horrors in Warsaw, but your posts prompted me to follow up and research more about into the background.







  8. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Champions League Play Off round


    Celtic v Astana (KAZ)


    15–16/08/17: Play-off round, first leg


    22–23/08/17: Play-off round, second leg


    Player Eligibility Lists deadlines:


    7 August 2017 (24.00CET) for all matches in the play-offs;


    (For the three qualifying rounds and the play-offs, a club may register one new eligible player by 24.00CET on the day before the relevant first-leg match)

  9. The Dandy Dons Dust-Up seems to have disappeared from iShortie landing page……………..

  10. another trip to astana, as someone typed the other day, the size and scale of the possible opponents in this side of the draw leads to a lot of predictability.



    still, we are in it to win it.

  11. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    To reach Pot 3 one of the following must be eliminated::


    Liverpool (v Hoffenheim)


    Olympiakos (v Rijeka)


    Napoli (v Nice)


    Sevilla (v Istanbul)


    Couple of tough ties there …

  12. South Of Tunis on

    Oh well —



    Hope for Prague or Rijeka — make plans and get ready to book as soon as I know . Get Astana . Not going there . Oh well.!.



    Scorchio -43 at noon -way down south . Forecast to get hotter . Weather experts claiming Italy is about to get a visit from something called Weather System Lucifer -gonna be hot !!!!!

  13. oooooh cheapest flight on skyscanner at the moment £853 10 hours journey time from Glasgow via London

  14. A wee tip for anyone travelling to Astana.If you are driving,if you go past the Royal Infirmary,and take the second on ramp to the Motorway,it will take a good 10 minutes off your journey.

  15. must have been some intelligence that uefa were going to fly an illicet banner ,



    i mean really,







    I was thinking along those lines too, Easy Jet out of Basel but there ye go, as long as we qualify then I’m happy to see the next round of games and a possibility of seeing the Hoops live and direct:))



    Heard a couple of nice things on GP’s Worldwide out of Finland today, Jazz Aggression label, new to me Paris Smith Quartet.))



    CQN Jazz Club….niiiiiice

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