Celtic can still make it after win at Rosen­borg

Western Morning News - - Sport -

Celtic’s quest to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League is in their own hands fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over Rosen­borg in Trond­heim.

The Hoops com­manded the first half at the Lerk­endal Sta­dium but did not take the lead un­til the 42nd minute when for­ward Scott Sin­clair headed in a cross from winger James For­rest.

There was lit­tle ex­cite­ment after the break with Bren­dan Rodgers’ side less con­vinc­ing, yet they man­aged the club’s first away vic­tory in the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Celtic moved on to nine points and a draw in their fi­nal Group B fix­ture against Salzburg, who qual­i­fied with a 1-0 win over RB Leipzig, at Park­head next month would be enough for the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons to se­cure Euro­pean foot­ball after Christ­mas.

Before what is sure to be a big Euro­pean night in Glas­gow on De­cem­ber 13, Celtic play Aberdeen in the Bet­fred Cup fi­nal at Hampden Park on Sun­day.

The Hoops are look­ing to clinch the first part of what they hope will be a do­mes­tic tre­ble-tre­ble and, on cur­rent form, it will take a mighty Dons ef­fort to up­set the odds.

For the penul­ti­mate Europa League en­counter, fit-again mid­fielder Tom Rogic re­placed Olivier Ntcham, who dropped to the bench along with re­turn­ing skip­per Scott Brown.

De­spite hav­ing the Nor­we­gian Cup fi­nal against Stroms­god­set on Sun­day to look for­ward to and his side ef­fec­tively out of the Europa League after four de­feats, Rosen­borg boss Rini Coolen still started with ar­guably his strong­est side, in­clud­ing for­mer Arse­nal striker Nick­las Bendt­ner.

But Celtic got the goal their dominant dis­play de­served three min­utes from the break when For­rest picked Sin­clair out with a de­light­ful cross, leav­ing the English­man to head in from three yards out.

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