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UEFA Europa League

Thursday, 11 December 2014,

D Zagreb
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Celtic
  • Kickoff: 19:00 BST
  • Stadium: Maksimir Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Maksimir Stadium
  • Attendance: -
  • 14' Marko Pajac
  • 39' Marko Pajac
  • 48' Marcelo Brozovic
  • 50' Marko Pajac
  • 23' Kris Commons
  • 30' Stefan Scepovic
  • 81' Josip Pivaric - og

Dinamo Zagreb

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Dinamo Zagreb v Celtic: Preview

Ronny Deila claims his Celtic side are on an honour mission against Dinamo Zagreb in their final Europa League Group D game at the Stadion Maximir.

The Scottish champions are already through to the last 32 of the competition as runners-up to section winners Salzburg.

Skipper Scott Brown did not travel with the squad as he is on a yellow card while winger James Forrest was also left behind to work on his fitness.

However, the Hoops boss insists he is not taking Thursday night's game lightly and claims he cannot relax and enjoy what is, for the Parkhead club, a relatively pressure-free fixture.

Speaking at Dinamo's ground before Celtic trained, Deila said: ``I can't enjoy it because it is a new game and you want to win because you fight for honour in every game.

``It would be different if there was more pressure on us, it would be even harder if we had to win.

``But we want to have a good performance. I hate playing bad football games.

``So we have prepared as usual for this game and it is a good game for us to show how good we have been.

``It is also an important match because if we get three points we have a better chance of being seeded next season in the Champions League, hopefully, and we also have an opportunity to develop ourselves.''

The draw for the next two rounds of the tournament will be made next week.

Deila is mindful of the struggle to beat Dinamo 1-0 at Parkhead in October and admits Celtic have to improve regardless of whom they face when the competition resumes in February.

``It is going to be exciting but for me the most important thing is to win and get through,'' said the former Stromsgodset boss.

``We have to be at a higher level in February because we are going to meet a very good opponent no matter who we draw.

``We are not at that level now but we have two months to prepare for that.

``And we are closer now than we were two months ago.

``We have to use every game to learn. Zagreb are a very good team and created chances against us at Celtic Park in a very close game.''

Deila is also hoping the draw will allow him to enjoy the sights and sounds of a full Celtic Park, something he has been unable to do since he took over from Neil Lennon in the summer.

``We want 60,000 at Celtic Park, that is our ambition,'' he said.

``I hope we can play well until that game so everybody is really looking forward to it and we can play in a full stadium.''

Deila was informed before he left Glasgow that forward Anthony Stokes has been linked with Cardiff but he ``expects'' the Irishman to stay at Parkhead.

He said: ``I heard it this morning. It is speculation again. I want everyone to stay.

``We have a good squad and Anthony has played well in the last weeks.

``I think he enjoys playing here. I expect him to stay.''

Hoops midfielder Stefan Johansen insists he has no preferences for the last-32 draw.

The Norwegian said: ``I don't have a favourite team. All of us - the team and the fans - want to get as far as possible so it might be easier to play against weaker opponents.

``But we are in the knock-out stages and from now on it's going to be good games that we will enjoy.

``We are developing all the time.

``We have some good teams in the Scottish leagues as well but we are aiming to do well in Europe.

``It's tough level to play at but I feel we are on a good way.''

Dinamo boss Zoran Mamic knows what to expect from Celtic.

``Celtic are reportedly not coming with their normal team but it is always Celtic, independently of which players appear. The team of Scottish champions are not bad players,'' he told the Croatian media.

91'+3

End Regular Time

91'+3

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 94'

91'+2

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Corner Kick at 93'

91'+1

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 92'

91'+1

Foul by Liam Henderson (Celtic).

91'

Leonardo Sigali (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 91'

90'

Leonardo Sigali (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 90'

89'

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) Throw In at 89'

89'

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) Throw In at 89'

88'

Attempt missed. Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

87'

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

87'

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Nir Bitton.

87'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Assists Shot at 87'

87'

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) Throw In at 87'

87'

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) hits the right post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Anthony Stokes with a cross following a corner.

87'

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) Assists Shot at 87'

86'

Liam Henderson (Celtic) Corner Kick at 86'

86'

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Eduardo.

86'

Attempt saved. Liam Henderson (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk.

86'

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) Free Kick at 86'

85'

Liam Henderson (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85'

Attempt missed. Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

84'

Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84'

Attempt missed. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Fernandes.

84'

Junior Fernandes (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 84'

83'

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kris Commons.

83'

Kris Commons (Celtic) Assists Shot at 83'

83'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 83'

83'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 83'

82'

Hand ball by Kris Commons (Celtic).

82'

Handball

82'

Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Junior Fernandes replaces Soudani.

81'

4 - 3

Own Goal by Josip Pivaric, Dinamo Zagreb. Dinamo Zagreb 4, Celtic 3.

80'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 80'

78'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 78'

77'

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) Corner Kick at 77'

77'

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Leonardo Sigali.

77'

Attempt blocked. Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Efe Ambrose.

77'

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) Assists Shot at 77'

77'

Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Stokes replaces Mubarak Wakaso.

75'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 75'

74'

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) Free Kick at 74'

74'

Offside, Dinamo Zagreb. Jozo Simunovic tries a through ball, but Duje Cop is caught offside.

74'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 73'

73'

Offside, Celtic. Mubarak Wakaso tries a through ball, but Stefan Scepovic is caught offside.

72'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 72'

71'

Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic) Corner Kick at 71'

71'

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Josip Pivaric.

71'

El Arabi Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 70'

70'

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69'

Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic) Free Kick at 69'

69'

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69'

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) Throw In at 69'

69'

Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 69'

68'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 68'

68'

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Blocked Pass at 68'

67'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 67'

67'

Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nir Bitton.

67'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Assists Shot at 67'

66'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 66'

65'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 65'

65'

Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Duje Cop replaces Ángelo Henríquez.

64'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 64'

63'

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) Throw In at 63'

63'

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Callum McGregor.

59'

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kris Commons.

59'

Kris Commons (Celtic) Assists Shot at 59'

59'

Attempt saved. Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arijan Ademi with a through ball.

59'

Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 59'

58'

Kris Commons (Celtic) Corner Kick at 58'

58'

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nir Bitton following a set piece situation.

58'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Assists Shot at 58'

58'

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Marcelo Brozovic.

58'

Kris Commons (Celtic) Free Kick at 58'

57'

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 57'

57'

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) Throw In at 57'

56'

Substitution, Celtic. Darnell Fisher replaces Adam Matthews.

55'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Throw In at 55'

54'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 54'

54'

Jozo Simunovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Blocked Pass at 54'

53'

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 53'

53'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52'

Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 52'

52'

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

50'

4 - 2

Goal! Dinamo Zagreb 4, Celtic 2. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic.

50'

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 50'

50'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 50'

49'

Attempt saved. Ángelo Henríquez (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.

49'

Marko Pajac (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 49'

48'

3 - 2

Goal! Dinamo Zagreb 3, Celtic 2. Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Domagoj Antolic.

48'

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 48'

48'

Corner, Dinamo Zagreb. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

47'

Marko Pajac (Dinamo Zagreb) Corner Kick at 47'

47'

Attempt saved. Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.

47'

Marko Pajac (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 47'

47'

Attempt saved. Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivo Pinto.

47'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 47'

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'+1

First Half ends, Dinamo Zagreb 2, Celtic 2.

46'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 46'

45'

Callum McGregor (Celtic) Corner Kick at 45'

45'

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Josip Pivaric.

44'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 44'

43'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 43'

42'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 42'

42'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Free Kick at 42'

41'

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41'

Attempt saved. Ángelo Henríquez (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.

41'

Marko Pajac (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 41'

39'

2 - 2

Goal! Dinamo Zagreb 2, Celtic 2. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

38'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 38'

38'

Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 38'

38'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 38'

38'

Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) Blocked Pass at 38'

37'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 37'

36'

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 36'

36'

Attempt missed. Ángelo Henríquez (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Marko Pjaca following a corner.

36'

Marko Pajac (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 36'

36'

Attempt missed. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Domagoj Antolic with a cross following a corner.

36'

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 36'

36'

Corner, Dinamo Zagreb. Conceded by Callum McGregor.

36'

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Corner Kick at 35'

35'

Attempt blocked. Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35'

Emilio Izaguirre

34'

Ángelo Henríquez (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33'

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 33'

32'

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic).

32'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 32'

32'

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 32'

31'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Throw In at 31'

30'

Stefan Scepovic

30'

1 - 2

Goal! Dinamo Zagreb 1, Celtic 2. Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Nir Bitton following a set piece situation.

30'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Assists Shot at 29'

29'

Attempt blocked. Nir Bitton (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

29'

Kris Commons (Celtic) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

28'

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28'

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Blocked Pass at 28'

27'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 27'

26'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 26'

26'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 26'

25'

Attempt blocked. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángelo Henríquez.

25'

Attempt missed. Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.

25'

Marko Pajac (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 25'

25'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 25'

24'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 24'

24'

Leonardo Sigali (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 24'

24'

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

23'

1 - 1

Goal! Dinamo Zagreb 1, Celtic 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nir Bitton following a set piece situation.

23'

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22'

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Free Kick at 22'

21'

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Throw In at 21'

19'

Kris Commons (Celtic) Free Kick at 19'

19'

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Throw In at 18'

15'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 15'

14'

Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 14'

14'

1 - 0

Goal! Dinamo Zagreb 1, Celtic 0. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arijan Ademi.

14'

Attempt missed. Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

13'

Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb) Free Kick at 13'

13'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12'

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 12'

12'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 12'

11'

Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Jozo Simunovic replaces Jérémy Taravel because of an injury.

10'

Craig Gordon (Celtic) Free Kick at 10'

10'

Offside, Dinamo Zagreb. Ángelo Henríquez tries a through ball, but Soudani is caught offside.

10'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 10'

10'

Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Blocked Pass at 10'

10'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Throw In at 10'

8'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Throw In at 8'

8'

Attempt saved. Jérémy Taravel (Dinamo Zagreb) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Domagoj Antolic with a cross.

8'

Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 8'

8'

Corner, Dinamo Zagreb. Conceded by Mubarak Wakaso.

7'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Corner Kick at 7'

7'

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Scepovic.

7'

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) Assists Shot at 7'

7'

Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic) Corner Kick at 7'

7'

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.

6'

Kris Commons (Celtic) Free Kick at 6'

6'

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 6'

5'

Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb) Throw In at 5'

5'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Blocked Pass at 5'

4'

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nir Bitton.

4'

Nir Biton (Celtic) Assists Shot at 4'

2'

Attempt blocked. Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josip Pivaric.

2'

Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Zagreb) Assists Shot at 2'

2'

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) Throw In at 2'

1'

Adam Matthews (Celtic) Free Kick at 1'

1'

Foul by Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb).

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

51%
49%
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Celtic

Shots

20
16

Shots on target

10
6

Fouls

10
13

Corners

4
6

Yellow Cards

0
2

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

D Zagreb4 - 3Celtic
Celtic1 - 0D Zagreb

D Zagreb

  • 34Eduardo
  • 19Josip Pivaric
  • 87Jérémy Taravel
  • -> Jozo Simunovic
  • 22Leonardo Sigali
  • 6Ivo Pinto
  • 20Marko Pajac
  • 16Arijan Ademi
  • 2El Arabi Hilal Soudani
  • -> Junior Fernandes
  • 9Angelo Henriquez
  • -> Duje Cop
  • 8Domagoj Antolic
  • 77Marcelo Brozovic
  • Subs
  • 33Marko Mikulic
  • 55Ognjen Vukojevic
  • 10Paulo Machado
  • 23Goncalo Santos

Celtic

  • 26Craig Gordon
  • 2Adam Matthews
  • -> Darnell Fisher
  • 3Emilio Izaguirre
  • 4Efe Ambrose
  • 5Virgil van Dijk
  • 32Mubarak Wakaso
  • -> Anthony Stokes
  • 6Nir Biton
  • 15Kris Commons
  • 42Callum McGregor
  • -> Liam Henderson
  • 25Stefan Johansen
  • 12Stefan Scepovic
  • Subs
  • 28Leigh Griffiths
  • 34Eoghan O'Connell
  • 24Lukasz Zaluska
  • 27Aleksandar Tonev

Dinamo Zagreb 4-3 Celtic

Already-qualified Celtic concluded their Europa League Group D campaign with a 4-3 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in a free-scoring encounter at the Stadion Maksimir.

A far from full-strength Hoops side fell behind to Marko Pjaca's strike after 14 minutes before goals from Kris Commons and Stefan Scepovic had the visitors ahead.

However, Pjaca levelled with a deflected shot and he claimed his hat-trick five minutes after the break after the lead had been regained through Marcelo Brozovic, as Celtic rocked.

Dinamo defender Josip Pivaric put through his own goal with nine minutes remaining and Scepovic almost grabbed a late equaliser with a header.

However, when the final whistle sounded, Ronny Deila's side were left with eight points from six games.

The draw for the last-32 is next week and the Celtic boss admitted his side would need to improve if they were to go further in the tournament, a prediction confirmed against Dinamo.

However, the Scottish champions should be back at full strength by the next round in February, notwithstanding any players who come in or leave during the transfer window.

The threat of a suspension meant skipper Scott Brown was left in Glasgow along with James Forrest, who requires an increase in his fitness levels.

Ineligible striker John Guidetti also dropped out while midfielder Charlie Mulgrew and Jason Denayer were out injured and Mikael Lustig continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Consequently Scepovic and winger Mubarak Wakaso were given rare starts with wide-man Callum McGregor and Commons drafted in.

Dinamo's dismal European form - they could not finish above third - resulted in a sparse home crowd which gave an eerie feel to an austere stadium.

There was a flare displayed among the 1,000 or so Hoops fans as the game got under way, which may have UEFA ramifications, but they made themselves heard in the early stages of what turned out to be an open if error-riddled first-half.

In the 10th minute, after Dinamo goalkeeper Eduardo had made a decent save from Commons, Dinamo striker El Aarbi Hilal Soudani had the ball in the Celtic net - but the flag was up for offside.

The home side took the lead when a miscued shot from Arijan Ademi landed at Pjaca, who turned inside right-back Adam Matthews before curling the ball low past Parkhead keeper Craig Gordon and into the far corner.

The visitors levelled after midfielder Nir Bitton was fouled by Dinamo skipper Domagoj Antolic 25 yards from goal.

Hoops captain Virgil Van Dijk fired in the free-kick and when the ball came off the defensive wall and looped high into the air Commons was surprisingly left all alone to head it into the net.

There was more joy for Celtic on the half-hour mark when Commons won and took another free-kick from a dangerous position.

His drive crashed off the bar and Bitton headed on to Scepovic who hooked it into the net from close range, the Serb then booked by referee Gediminas Mazeika for his celebration.

Six minutes from the break it was Celtic's turn to be punished for slack defending. Adam Matthews lost possession in his own box when he could have cleared and Pjaca's shot was deflected off Bitton past Gordon, who moments later denied the same player after he again found space in the porous Parkhead penalty area.

Gordon started the second half by making another fine save, this time from Soudani's volley - but in the 48th minute he was beaten by a fine curling shot by Marcelo Brozovic from the edge of the box, after he had taken a pass from Antolic.

When Pjaca drove past Gordon from 20 yards two minutes later it looked ominous for the Hoops, who soon replaced the hapless Matthews with Darnell Fisher.

Celtic steadied themselves and were handed a late lifeline when Pivaric turned an Emilio Izaguirre cross into his net under pressure from Scepovic - who almost levelled with a header minutes from time.

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