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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    Unfortunately it’s true.


    The cheats with whistles are a major cause with corrupt administrators of the catastrophic decline of football in the best wee country of ours.


    Also it’s clear the status quo will be maintained if the brethren in blazers are allowed to remain at Hampden.

  2. prestonpans bhoys on

    The green man,



    Tbh I’ve been surprised at the quality of the football, really poor

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Prestonpans Bhoys



    Whatever you do, avoid the female presenters, barking mad.


    In women’s football,players who can hardly play a pass, are world class:(


    Its totally ridiculous.




  4. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    BBC Sportsound‏Verified account @BBCSportsound 5m5 minutes ago


    Riot police enter the stadium.


    “Fist flying, boots flying, fighting going in the stands”.


    Appears to be between stewards and Aberdeen fans.

  5. Yet again Celtic lead the way in Europe on their own. No doubt the SFA and Scottish media will be supportive and be willing for Celtic to advance to CL group and beyond.

  6. Fan


    I used to think that the blazers would like to have a decent national team that they could be proud of, I always thot that they would take great pride in going to the WC or the Euros, but sadly no, they go to them anyways as reps of the sfa so they get the freebies and anything that helps us back home is a non starter.


    When you really think about it, it’s a wonder we have won a thing all things considered, but we have and this brings me onto what the reason I think our suits are happy with the status quo, a level playing field would have us winning everything, year in year out, competition would be non existent, it stands to reason that we need competition.


    That’s my theory and I am sticking to it :-)



  7. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Brian Marjoribanks‏ @DMMarjoribanks 3m3 minutes ago


    Truly shameful scenes at full time in Cyprus as Aberdeen fans fight among themselves and then with stewards and riot police.

  8. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Prestonpans Bhoy



    The women commentators are beyond funny:)


    The money thats put into women’s tournaments ( Women’s World Cup ffs), could be better spent elsewhere.


    The skill level is dire.


    Its like watching sevco:)




  9. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Im sure the Daily Rectum will have a 16 page pull out tomorrow on the Aberdeen Thugs, and how they have shamed Scoddland:)





  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    Has there been anything in our press about the Hun’s abusing the cancer collector with a green top in Sheffield?

  11. Last nights game vs Rosenberg, being shown just now on, Premier Sports….



  12. ” The last strip worn by Roma legend wee Francesco Totti has been launched into space.”



    Did Kenny Miller`s strip not receive that honour recently? That Kenny was still wearing it is incidental.




  13. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Prestonpans Bhoys



    Yeah. But dont you know it, the hun press spun it into a story of how sevco fans collected money for the guy they abused.


    They will stoop to any level.


    Gutter-rat press




  14. BABASONICOS71 on

    Why were the Green Brigade allowed to travel to Cyprus and cause violence to erupt?


    At least they didn’t have any of those lethal banners,god knows what the carnage would’ve been like. ;))

  15. prestonpans bhoys on




    I got a letter from Celtic today telling me how to behalf in the standing section, or else……

  16. Has the 0-0 v 2-1 debate been resolved.



    I looked last night and there were 3 teams in the CL who had drawn 0-0 in the first leg. Two way teams went through (including us) and one home team.



    Aberdeent 2-1 at home went out.



    On that small sample it seems 50/50.

  17. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Hope UEFA are watching the events in Cyprus. Let’s see them hammer Aberdung for this !

  18. BABASONICOS71 on




     I got a letter from Celtic today telling me how to behalf in the standing section, or else……




    Quite right.Everyone in that section is a disgrace and to blame for everything.That’s everything in the WORLD by the way.And don’t forget it.



  19. mike in toronto on

    after the ‘shame game’ summit, I wouldn’t be surprised if, after the problems at the Aberdeen game, the SFA decided that Scottish teams should immediately withdraw from participation in European competition ….

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on



    Has there been anything in our press about the Hun’s abusing the cancer collector with a green top in Sheffield?



    ‘Rogue fans’ …..said SMSM….

  21. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Felt sorry for Aberdeen. They had a proper go and didn’t disgrace the nation. I hope they are not tarred with the same brush as the other two.



    Giving St Johnstone a euro licence is a waste of paper and time. Scotland’s toughest team thrive in the SPFL cesspit where their arm wrestle, blood and snotters approach is tolerated.



    In Europe they face either superior technicians or Scandinavian or Baltic state teams who are bigger and tougher and ALWAYS lose.



    As for that disgrace of a football club across the city – enough said.



    Looking at the bigger picture our national team is poor and 75% of our European representatives are out before a single grouse has been harmed. Our teams have lost to footballing giants from Lithuania, Luxembourg and Cyprus.



    It is another indictment of our game and those who run it. More evidence of the need for radical change at the top.



    Hail hail

  22. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Hopefully when the Aberdeen fans get back they will be put safely back into their pen without anymore trouble:)

  23. There was no mention of them robbing the cancer collector, no mention of the flares, no mention of at least one bar being wrecked, The Crown, no mention of the sectarian singing, the rogue fan was mentioned when they had a collection for the cancer collector who was robbed and abused, they sort of had to mention it, but it was only allegedly.


    I hope they all lose their jobs and then rot in hell, scum.


    While I am on the subject of the smsm, I see they haven’t yet managed to out those who were singing the Lee Rigby song, quite amazing really, you would have thot that they would have outed them a while ago, I did notice that the Scotsman said that the pics were allegedly taken in Sunderland, interesting that they mentioned the allegedly word, fake news is all the rage I suppose.

  24. prestonpans bhoys on

    Sheep fans I’ve met hate us, they just hate the Hun’s more and would rejoice in us getting knocked out, so save your pity.



    2:0 Holland , yahoo


    ABERDEEN supporters must be mad.last place to cause trouble, on an island .no escape .

  26. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    We will have a good chortle when the Celts batter the huns and the sheep this season:)


    Oh how the tears will flow down their wee faces:)


    Revenge served right up:)


    Lets see them write about that.




  27. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Mon the Dutch Women.


    Lets expect the usual melt down from the Engerland women:)


    Tears and tantrums, gazza style:)





  28. TGM


    The huns are winning the league didn’t you know, they have the best defender in the world, in fairness he will do alright given what he will get away with, once the imports have settled in we are doomed.


    It’s the hope that kills them :-)



  29. prestonpans bhoys on

    Babason @8:50



    Agree we are the scum of the earth and should be banned for life :) shocking behaviour supporting our team which should be a crime…..

  30. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I think we could take 10 off the huns this season.


    Wouldnt that be fun:)


    They are toast:)




  31. prestonpans bhoys on

    The green man,



    Calm down let’s offer them a goal and score 7 next, sounds familiar….