Celtic v AC Milan as it happened

Celtic crash to a sorry 3-0 home defeat which means they will not be playing in Europe beyond Christmas.

26 November 2013 Last updated at 18:59

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  1. 2155: 
    I'll leave you with this picture of a despairing Georgios Samaras. I'll leave you with this picture of a despairing Georgios Samaras.

    It's been a European campaign to forget for Celtic, who still have a trip to Barcelona to come before the adventure is officially over.

    We'll bring you reaction from manager Neil Lennon shortly.

    Good night and thanks for your company.

  2. 2150: 

    No doubt Celtic boss Neil Lennon will look back at that Virgil van Dijk miss just minutes before AC Milan knocked in their second goal. The Dutch defender caught his volley cleanly but hit hit it straight at the keeper from close range. Had he scuffed it, the ball would surely have found the net! However, the home side cannot really complain about the result. There was no stirring period of pressure from Celtic and the visitors were able to profit from some shoddy defending.


    Jim Beattie on Twitter: "Once again Neil Lennon is undone by an Italian team... woeful defending for the first 2 goals #bbcsportscot"

  4. 2142: 
    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "AC Milan came here under a lot of pressure after a bad run of results but they grew in confidence after that early goal and ran out comfortable winners. Celtic tried hard but they just weren't good enough."

  5. 2140: 

    Celtic will need to win at the Nou Camp to avoid their lowest ever Champions League group haul.

    Neil Lennon's men have won just one of their five matches in this section, failing to score in the four defeats suffered.

  6. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Ajax 2-1 Barcelona

    Ten-man Ajax hold on for a key win over Barcelona. The Dutch go to the San Siro next in what will be a straight fight for second place. The Italians are one point better off.

  7. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 0-3 AC Milan

    Celtic's last game in Europe will be in Barcelona on 11 December. No matter what happens there they will finish bottom of Group H.

  8. 2135: 
    Former Celtic striker Mark McGhee on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Milan have been worth winners. I can't even say 3-0 flatters them."

  9. 2133: 

    Celtic need to get through three more minutes of injury time before a miserable night is over for them.

  10. 2132: 

    Efe Ambrose jinks his way forward to poke the ball through for Georgios Samaras but the Celtic forward is offside as he shoots, with Christian Abbiati making smart save anyway.

  11. 2130: 

    Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew has a pop at goal with a long-range free kick but it doesn't trouble Christian Abbiati, who pats the ball down before collecting it.

  12. 2126: 

    Derk Boerrigter's free-kick from 22 yards takes a flick off a head in the defensive wall to leave AC Milan keeper Christian Abbiati flat-footed but the ball spins a couple of feet wide of the target.

  13. 2125: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Classy touch by the Celtic supporters as they roundly applaud the wonderful Kaka as he's substituted with his Milan team cruising. Great to see such a terrific player back to his best."

  14. 2123: 

    Kaka gets a well-earned rest after an impressive display, with fellow Brazilian Robinho coming on the for the final 10 minutes.

    Celtic also make a change as James Forrest makes way for Tom Rogic.

  15. 2122: 

    Georgios Samaras gets his head on a Joe Ledley cross but again the purchase is weak and it's a comfortable save for Christian Abbiati.

  16. 2118: 
    AC Milan are cruising to victory in Glasgow AC Milan are cruising to victory in Glasgow thanks to that third goal from Mario Balotelli.

    Prior to tonight's match Barcelona had been the only away team to have won a Champions League group match at Celtic Park.

  17. 2115: 

    AC Milan make a change with Valter Birsa making way for Kevin Constant.


    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "Shocking defending from Celtic, they can't expect to be playing European football after Christmas defending like this. #bbcsportscot"

    MBEHAN on Twitter: "Celtic's champions league ended with Brown's stupidity against Barcelona & when the defence decided not to turn up tonight #bbcsportscot"

    Suspended Scott Brown's presence in midfield has been sorely missed. Celtic have been toothless in the middle of the park.

  19. 2110: 

    Kris Commons trudges off to be replaced by Anthony Stokes. The substitute striker has 25 minutes to make himself a hero. He might need to be a superhero to pull off a recovery here...

  20. 2109: 

    Emilio Izaguirre is next to go into referee Cuneyt Cakir's little black book for a terrible hack at the heels of Mario Balotelli.

  21. 2108: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Neil Lennon did warn Milan could be a wounded animal here tonight, having come under heavy criticism over their recent poor run of results. They've certainly been much more impressive tonight than they were in the corresponding fixture in the San Siro. But Celtic have contributed massively to their own downfall - profligate in front of goal and slack at the back."

  22. 2106: 

    Virgil van Dijk might still be thinking of that volleyed miss just before AC Milan got their second goal as he is booked for a petulant kick.

  23. 2105: 

    James Forrest scampers into the penalty box to see the whites of keeper Christian Abbiati's eyes but the winger has to stretch to get a shot away and the ball trickles narrowly wide.

  24. 2102: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-3 AC Milan (Balotelli)

    Well, that is that. A long ball over the top from Riccardo Montolivo catches the home defence out as Mario Balotelli collects and shrugs off Efe Ambrose before slotting a shot beyond Fraser Forster from the near post area.

  25. 2100: 

    The first yellow card of the evening goes to a frustrated Kris Commons for a tug at Nigel de Jong. The Celtic playmaker has been quiet tonight...

  26. 2059: 

    Celtic just can't make the ball stick in midfield. Too many passes are going astray and that makes it hard to build up any momentum.

  27. 2055: 

    Ajax are down to 10 men as Joel Veltman sees red for conceding a penalty and Xavi pulls one back for Barcelona. It's 2-1 now in Amsterdam.

  28. 2054: 

    Virgil van Dijk finds the net this time as he gets a head to Joe Ledley's cross but the Celtic defender was a yard offside.

  29. 2051: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-2 AC Milan (Zapata)

    Celtic are undone by a corner kick again as Valter Birsa goes deep from the set-piece and the ball is cushioned back across goal by an unattended Alberto Nocerino for Cristian Zapata to side-foot home from close range.

    Nocerino had replaced Ignazio Abate just before the corner.

  30. 2049: 

    Derk Boerrigter is clipped 20 yards from goal on the left edge of the penalty box and Charlie Mulgrew's free kick is blocked by the defensive wall. Mulgrew floats the ball back in and Virgil van Dijk is all alone and on-side as he meets it on the volley. He hits is cleanly but straight at Christian Abbiati from no more than 10 yards. The keeper saves and a glorious chance has gone!

  31. 2048: 

    Celtic get the game back up and running. Neil Lennon's men have 45 minutes to save their European season.

  32. 2045: 
    Kaka was given the freedom of Celtic Park to head AC Milan in front on 13 minutes Kaka was given the freedom of Celtic Park to head AC Milan in front on 13 minutes
  33. 2041: 

    Can Celtic breach this AC Milan defence twice? They have to go for it in the second half but there wasn't much for the home fans to cheer in the first 45 minutes. Crosses have been poor and Georgios Samaras does not look effective in that central role.


    Scots Wehey! on Twitter: #bbcsportscot I must correct my earlier tweet: Kaka has never won the Golden Boot. He's only FIFA World Player of the Year for 2007.

    Only! Good of you to keep us right (after misleading us). My team of researchers will be shot at dawn...

  35. 2034: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    The as-it-stands Group H table doesn't make pretty reading for Celtic fans right now. With their team trailing and Ajax 2-0 up at home to Barcelona, Celtic are looking at a European exit altogether tonight. There have certainly been signs that Neil Lennon's side can get back into this match, but Milan have been dangerous too and are good value for their lead.

  36. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 0-1 AC Milan
  37. 2032: 

    Everyone is up for Celtic as Kris Commons lines up a free kick from 40 yards out on the right but the midfielder balloons the ball far too hard and it skips out of play after one bounce.

  38. 2031: 

    Georgios Samaras gets his head to a deep cross from Emilio Izaguirre but there's no power on it and the veteran Christian Abbiati saves with ease.

  39. 2029: 

    Ajax have gone and scored again. Danny Hoesen strikes on 42 minutes to make it 2-0 against Barcelona.

  40. 2027: 

    Just a few minutes left in the first half and it's all gone rather quiet at Celtic Park. AC Milan are coping comfortably with Celtic's forays forward.

  41. 2024: 

    Mario Balotelli hares after a long ball and prods a shot past Fraser Forster and into the net but the AC Milan striker started from an offside position.

  42. 2021: 

    Kris Commons is crowded out on the edge of the penalty area and the ball breaks to the left foot of Charlie Mulgrew. The angle is perfect for a shot to the far corner but the midfielder does not catch it properly and Christian Abbiati flops down to make a comfortable save.

  43. 2018: 

    Derk Boerrigter has been lively down the left for Celtic and the Dutchman wriggles away from a challenge to let fly with a shot but the ball spins wide off the leg of a defender in red and black.

  44. 2016: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "It's a fascinating match, with both sides very committed to getting forward. Celtic look a little vulnerable to the counter-attack right now as they press for an equaliser. Kaka also looks like the player who left Milan for Real Madrid."

  45. 2015: 

    Celtic need to make an early change as Beram Kayal limps off with what looks like a hamstring problem. Joe Ledley is on.

  46. 2014: 

    Kaka is certainly in the mood tonight as he is allowed to stride forward and curl a shot narrowly wide from 22 yards.


    MBEHAN on Twitter: "Kaka rolling back the years but Celtic defence not performing well #bbcsportscot"


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  48. 2010: 

    James Forrest whips in a fine cross but the Milan defence stand tall and suddenly Kaka is gliding forward with real menace. He slips a pass to Mario Balotelli and the Italian striker checks inside before lashing a rising shot over the bar from 16 yards.

  49. 2009: 

    Derk Boerrigter takes a tumble near the penalty spot under pressure from a defender but there was already an offside flag fluttering.

  50. 2006: 

    Celtic skipper Georgios Samaras spins away from his man and charges forward but Daniele Bonera recovers to make a good tackle.

  51. 2005: 

    Ajax have taken the lead at the Amsterdam Arena. It's not going Celtic's way at the moment. Thulani Serero is the man with the goal after 19 minutes.


    Scots Wehey! on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Just leave an ex-golden boot totally unmarked in the six-yard box... Sure, what can go wrong?"


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  53. 2003: 
    Former Celtic striker Mark McGhee on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There's no need for Celtic to panic. They still have the same job to do but now they need to score twice."

  54. 2000: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Virgil van Dijk has been outstanding for Celtic this season, but he's culpable for that goal - drifting off Kaka to leave him with an easy header and Celtic with plenty to do if their Champions League campaign is to be stretched beyond next month."

  55. 1958: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-1 AC Milan (Kaka)

    Oh dear. That is shocking from a Celtic point of view. Valter Birsa pops over a corner and Kaka is left all alone to head home from inside the six yard box. The Brazilian didn't even have to jump.

  56. 1957: 

    Urby Emanuelson must be a confident chap as he waves Kaka and Balotelli aside to take a free-kick. Derk Boerrigter stands tall in the defensive wall to nod clear.

  57. 1955: 

    The ball breaks kindly to Beram Kayal from a Charlie Mulgrew shot but the Celtic midfielder cannot adjust his feet quickly enough and Cristian Zapata nips in to make a crucial tackle inside his own penalty box. That was a decent chance...

  58. 1953: 

    A second corner for Celtic as a cross from Mikael Lustig deflects off an opponent. Abbiati elects to punch again, or rather slap, and midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has to thump the ball clear.

  59. 1952: 

    AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati makes an elaborate punching save as a cross from Derk Boerrigter bounces in front of him. Celtic can be pleased with this start.

  60. 1948: 

    Charlie Mulgrew lofts the corner to the back post and Derk Boerrigter is free to have a stab at the ball but his volley is awkward and flies wide from close range.

  61. 1947: 

    Efe Ambrose goes on one of his trademark charges forward from defence. The big Nigerian gets to within 30 yards of goal before slotting a pass to Georgios Samaras and the captain's low cross is blocked for a corner.

  62. 1945: 

    AC Milan get the game started to a loud chorus of boos...


    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "Celtic need to produce one of their famous European home performances again tonight. Hold onto your hats folks! #bbcsportscot"


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  64. 1942: 

    The teams are out and it's Georgios Samaras who is wearing the captain's armband for Celtic as Scott Brown sits out the third and final match of his European ban.

  65. 1940: 

    It's that time again. Scarf at the ready? You'll Never Walk Alone is on and the crowd at Celtic Park are fairly belting out the old favourite.

  66. 1938: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "In the context of the Champions League, it's our biggest game of the season, because we know we have to win.

    "Qualifying from this group would unquestionably be a bigger achievement than last season, because it's a tougher group and Celtic are undergoing a rebuilding process."

  67. 1936: 
    It might sound odd but Celtic's best display so far in this campaign may have been in their heaviest loss. It might sound odd but Celtic's best display so far in this campaign may have been in their heaviest loss.

    The visitors turned in a very creditable performance at the San Siro on matchday one, only to be outdone by two late goals. Celtic moved the ball around with confidence that evening and came very close to scoring when a free-kick from Anthony Stokes hit the crossbar, while a Georgios Samaras shot went close and Scott Brown fluffed his lines when right through. You know what they say about taking your chances at the highest level...

  68. 1933: 

    But let's not get too carried away. As Alasdair has just pointed out, there are still a number of very tasty players lining up in the famous red and black. Kaka, Balotelli, Montolivo, Abate and De Jong all come into the not too shabby category...

  69. 1930: 

    Celtic's home record against AC Milan during the Champions League era bodes well - having taken a win and two draws from their three previous meetings.

  70. 1927: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Looking at that Milan team, it's utterly astounding they find themselves in 13th place in Serie A. Ignazio Abate, Riccardo Montolivo, Kaka and Mario Balotelli would grace most teams in Europe, but for some reason things aren't going well for them right now and this is a wonderful chance for Celtic to claim another famous scalp."

  71. 1925: 

    AC Milan have been champions of Europe on seven occasions but they arrive in Glasgow decidedly out-of-sorts. The Rossoneri are on a run of seven games without a win and manager Massimiliano Allegri is feeling the heat.


    Aidan Pidgeon on Twitter: "I feel Celtic can win tonight, could be the making of Boerrigter like Pukki we have not seen the best of them, maybe tonight. #bbcsportscot"


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  73. 1920: 
    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Mario Balotelli is one of the top performers in the game when he's in the mood but he doesn't do it enough. Celtic need to keep annoying him, they need to get right in about him and not let him settle."

  74. 1917: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "It's an enthralling prospect here tonight where Neil Lennon's men know they have to win to retain realistic hopes of qualifying for the last 16 for a second successive season. The visiting AC Milan side are on a dreadful run of results, but Lennon warned yesterday of a "wounded animal" and highlighted the quality of the squad the Italians still possess. Nonetheless, Celtic's European record at home is outstanding and this could be another special night at Celtic Park."

  75. 1914: 

    BBC Radio Scotland are providing live commentary on 810MW and on digital but we don't have the rights to stream online I'm afraid. For those of you that can't get to a telly or radio, you're stuck with me.


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  76. 1912: 

    A draw in Amsterdam is the result Celtic want. That would leave a scenario whereby Celtic, Ajax and AC Milan could all finish on six points and the results against Barca would be dropped altogether in the three-way tussle for second place because head-to-heads wouldn't apply. Of course, Celtic should really just go and beat Milan tonight then win away at the Nou Camp. Simple, eh?

  77. 1908: 

    However, a win for AC Milan and a Barcelona win will see the Italians progress to the last 16, leaving Celtic and Ajax to scrap over the Europa League place.

  78. 1907: 

    Having won one and lost three, Celtic are bottom of Group H going into this tie, with an away trip to Barcelona to come. That may sound grim but all is not lost.

    A victory tonight combined with Ajax failing to beat already-qualified Barca in Amsterdam, would see Neil Lennon's men catapulted into second place in the section.

  79. 1904: 

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Boerrigter, Mulgrew, Kayal, Forrest, Commons, Samaras. Subs: Zaluska, Stokes, Ledley, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Fisher.

    AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Zapata, Bonera, Emanuelson, Montolivo, De Jong, Poli, Birsa, Kaka, Balotelli. Subs: Coppola, Robinho, Matri, Constant, Nocerino, Cristante, Silvestre.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  80. 1902: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Interesting line-up for Celtic, with James Forrest picked to start the game against Milan despite his arrest for alleged sexual assault. He seemed in a relaxed frame of mind as he arrived at Celtic Park this evening and his manager Neil Lennon clearly feels off-field events won't impact upon his on-field performance. Giorgios Samaras playing as the main striker is a change from the norm as well. Perhaps Lennon believes his presence and pace can trouble the Milan central defenders. Derk Boerrigter gets a rare start and Beram Kayal is favoured over Joe Ledley in central midfield."

  81. 1900: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Celtic's vital Champions League clash with AC Milan. The action kicks off at 19:45 and it's sure to be a noisy old night in the east end of Glasgow.

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