Celtic can still make it after win at Rosenborg
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.