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. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Could have been a worse draw against Astana as we know what to expect which is a big plus. Drew away game last year 1-1 and won home tie 2-1.


    A convincing home result should determine our tactics for the away match. Hopefully it will be about keeping a clean sheet, maybe nicking an away goal as per Rosenborg.


    No excuses for not progressing to the group stages.

  2. We are better,older and wiser than the last time we played them.


    question is are they?

  3. STARRY PLOUGH on 4TH AUGUST 2017 10:56 AM


    Mon the Celtic,




    I don’t really care who we get, I think this team is going places:))



    Yep.4,000 miles for starters.




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


     Liverpool (v Hoffenheim)




    Olympiakos (v Rijeka)




    Napoli (v Nice)




    Sevilla (v Istanbul)



    If Istanbul leave now, they might just get through passport control in Málaga in time for kick-off.




    It’s a long haul for sure but I think Be’er Sheeva would have been trickier, we carried a bit of luck last year against them. We’re a better team now, I expect us to Progres:)))



    Bring on the Astanians..

  6. We will get past Astana. No way that we concede as munch as Legia but we will score. Mon the hoops.

  7. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Maybe Celtic should travel a day early to adjust to time difference (+5 hours) and climate.


    Last years game ko’d at 8pm local time – tonight the temperature at 8pm will be around 22 C

  8. year cup rnd


    2018 CL Q4 FK Astana Kaz


    2018 CL Q3 FK Astana Kaz Legia Warsaw Pol 3-1 0-1


    2018 CL Q2 Spartaks Jurmala Lat FK Astana Kaz 0-1 1-1


    2017 EL G Olympiakos Piraeus Gre FK Astana Kaz 4-1 1-1


    2017 EL G FK Astana Kaz Young Boys Sui 0-0 0-3


    2017 EL G APOEL Nicosia Cyp FK Astana Kaz 2-1 1-2


    2017 EL Q4 FK Astana Kaz BATE Borisov Bls 2-0 2-2


    2017 CL Q3 FK Astana Kaz Celtic Sco 1-1 1-2


    2017 CL Q2 Zalgiris Vilnius Lit FK Astana Kaz 0-0 1-2


    2016 CL G Atlético Madrid Esp FK Astana Kaz 4-0 0-0


    2016 CL G FK Astana Kaz Galatasaray Tur 2-2 1-1


    2016 CL G Benfica Por FK Astana Kaz 2-0 2-2


    2016 CL Q4 FK Astana Kaz APOEL Nicosia Cyp 1-0 1-1


    2016 CL Q3 HJK Helsinki Fin FK Astana Kaz 0-0 3-4


    2016 CL Q2 NK Maribor Slo FK Astana Kaz 1-0 1-3


    2015 EL Q4 FK Astana Kaz Villarreal Esp 0-3 0-4


    2015 EL Q3 FK Astana Kaz AIK Stockholm Swe 1-1 3-0


    2015 EL Q2 FK Astana Kaz Hapoel Tel-Aviv Isr 3-0 0-1


    2015 EL Q1 Pyunik Yerevan Arm FK Astana Kaz 1-4 0-2


    2014 EL Q1 FK Astana Kaz Botev Plovdiv Bul 0-1 0-5


    2008 CL Q2 FK Astana Kaz Rosenborg BK Nor 1-3 1-7


    2008 CL Q1 Olimpi Rustavi Geo FK Astana Kaz 0-0 0-3

  9. It’s not so long ago that Seville probably had the busiest airport in the world for a couple of days

  10. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    BEATBHOY on 4TH AUGUST 2017 11:25 AM




    If Istanbul leave now, they might just get through passport control in Málaga in time for kick-off.


    I’m a well kent face at Malaga airport – October will be 6th visit in 16/17

  11. TD at 10.54 am



    Spot on TD!


    Usual moaners also conspicuous by their absence most of yesterday.


    We must have had a good result the night before!

  12. “for a couple of days”



    That’s about the waiting time for the queue at passport control these days in the main airports.

  13. Air miles, eh? Who needs ‘em … ?



    Glasgow (by air) to:



    Astana = 2985 (miles)


    Tehran = 2935


    Luxor = 2793


    Dakar = 2928


    Halifax, Nova Scotia = 2626


    Timbuktu = 2709




  14. Mandzukic’s goal always a joy to watch, probably the best there’s been in a Champions League final

  15. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    If I remember rightly, their goal last year at CP was a result of a Craig Gordon header outside the box which was lobbed 40 yards into the net over KT. Late Dembele penalty sealed it for us.


    Late Griffiths equaliser secured the draw over there

  16. If we can get through,I am very hopeful of a pot 3 .All the teams we need to fail have very difficult ties.No gimmes there.For all 4 to come through will be very difficult.

  17. I’ll assume the naps are here today bhoys. I’ll kick off with a runner in the last race at Hamilton tonight.:



    Heatongrad 9pm Hamilton. 8/1 seems generous.


    Gl everyone and good luck to the champions today.



    Thanks again Fleagle.

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    2.05 Newmarket



    Pleasant Surprise



    It would be a pleasant surprise to kick off with a wee Jamie Spencer winner, surely he is at Newmarket for a reason …..



    Best of luck to all and have a champion day



    Fleagle, thanks again for your time and effort



    Cheers GFTB

  19. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    13:50 @ Goodwood – The Wagon Wheel – NAP!



    Good luck everybody.

  20. Twists – your assumptions are correct! :)



    Lads, post your Week 1 naps on here today, pleeeeease…



    Good luck to everyone.




  21. Morning all ,hopefully I’ll get more than the one winner I got last season :O)


    Going for TIVOLI 3.15 Newmarket.


    Good luck everybody.hh



    Cheers fleags.

  22. Here we go here we go here we go.



    Newmarket 2.05



    Isabel De Urbina



    Cannae get beat

  23. CQN Saturday Naps Competition 2017-18



    RULES are relatively simple :



    a) On each Saturday, log onto the last page of the previous CQN article.


    b) Post only ONE ‘nap’ selection from any major Saturday international race meeting (e.g. UK, Ireland, UAE).


    c) If your initial selection is a Non-Runner, you may select an alternative runner.


    d) If your NAP selection wins, you will “win” the hypothetical profit from a £1 stake @ Starting Prices (SP).



    e.g. your selection wins at 1/2, your hypothetical profit is +£ 0.50


    e.g. your selection wins at 9/4, your hypothetical profit is +£ 2.25


    e.g. your selection wins at 7/2, your hypothetical profit is +£ 3.50


    e.g. your selection wins at 8/1, your hypothetical profit is +£ 8.00



    e) If your nap selection loses or if you fail to post any selection, then you “lose” your £1 hypothetical stake (-£1).


    f) If anyone wants to join the competition after Week 1 (e.g. in Week 3) you will be allocated two losers, and will start the competition from (-£2).


    g) Our CQN Naps Champion Tipster will be the CQN punter who shows the greatest overall profit during the season.



    Last season, Gweedore Celt was our Naps champion, with an impressive +£27.00 profit during the season, so that’s your target!



    Happy punting everyone…




    Cheers, fleagle1888

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