Celtic v Helsingborgs as it happened

Celtic ease past Helsinborgs to claim a place in the Champions League group phase for the first time in four years.

29 August 2012 Last updated at 21:51

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  1. 1900: 

    Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of Celtic's Champions League play-off round second leg match with Helsingborgs of Sweden.

  2. 1901: 

    Celtic take a 2-0 lead into tonight's match after last week's first leg in Sweden, courtesy of goals from Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons.

  3. 1902: 

    Team news to come...but first, breaking news of an accident on the M8 motorway, causing delays coming in to Glasgow from the east - but no suggestion of kick-off being delayed at the moment.

  5. 1906: 

    CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Samaras, Commons, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, McCourt, Lustig, Rogne, Murphy, Watt, F. Twardzik

  6. 1908: 

    Three changes for Celtic from the side which won at Helsingborgs. Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Thomas Rogne all miss out through injury.

  7. 1911: 

    Kelvin Wilson, James Forrest and Victor Wanyama are the trio who come into the side.

  8. 1911: 

    We're also covering the Scottish Communities League Cup second round matches taking place tonight, which are: Arbroath v Inverness CT, Queen's Park v Dundee and St Mirren v Ayr.

  9. 1913: 

    I'd be absolutely delighted if you get in touch this evening via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or send me a message @bbcsportsound

    Also, you can text 80295 using SPL in your message to offer your thoughts on any of tonight's games.

  10. 1914: 

    Helsingborgs have named an unchanged line-up from last week's match - and let's not forget they did cause Celtic some problems.

  11. 1916: 

    HELSINGBORGS: Atta, Mahlangu, Wahlstedt, Uronen, Sadiku, Gashi, Bedoya, Andersson, Sorum, Djurdjic, Hansson.

  12. 1918: 

    I think we can expect a warm welcome back to Glasgow for former Rangers player Alejandro Bedoya from the Celtic fans.

  13. 1919: 

    From BBC Scotland's Charlie Mann at Hampden: "Queen's Park v Dundee at Hampden - anyone fancy a shock? Queen's captain at ante-natal class and can't play! #bbcsportsound"

  14. 1920: 

    Maybe not breaking per se, but big news nonetheless. The fans at Celtic Park will be serenaded tonight by Susan 'Subo' Boyle singing You'll Never Walk Alone ahead of kick-off. Doctor Who's Amy Pond was there on the opening day of the SPL season - who is going to be the next star turn?

  15. 1923: 

    From BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod who is settling into his seat at Celtic Park: This is the Helsingborgs squad as they prepare to climb a mountain. #Celtic v #Helsingborgs tonight on #bbcsportsound

  16. 1925: 

    From Andrew on Twitter: "The sun is shining in Calgary and the game is on tv! Just have to find a decent chippy!" I'm assuming he means the Calgary in Canada rather than the one in Stirlingshire.

  17. 1930: 

    Congratulations to former St Mirren, Falkirk, Hamilton, Clyde, Hartlepool etc player Jack Ross, who unveiled his first book today, Alfie the Adventurous Winger, aimed at children we assume. Which made us think, what book titles would other Scottish football people come up with? Fifty Shades of Frank McAvennie?

  18. 1931: 

    ST MIRREN: Samson, McAusland, Mair, Barron, Teale, McLean, Goodwin, McGowan, Carey, Thompson, Guy. Subs: Chris Smith, Parkin, van Zanten, Robertson, Imrie.

    AYR: Alistair Brown, Hunter, Martyn Campbell, Brownlie, McCann, McGowan, Sinclair, Crawford, Marenghi, Moffat, Winters. Subs: Darren Martin, Roberts, Ross Robertson, Shankland, Twaddle.

  19. 1932: 

    Brian in EK texted 80295 to give us the hard sell for St Mirren v Ayr: "Get down to St Mirren Park. Beautiful night for a game of football, and goals guaranteed! I think this will be a cup cracker!" Do we get our money back if it finishes 0-0, Brian?

  20. 1935: 

    ARBROATH: Bullock, Baxter, Travis, Keddie, Hamilton, Doris, Kerr, Currie, Sheerin, Holmes, Gribben. Subs: Morrison, Sibanda, Banjo, Malcolm, Mair.

    INVERNESS CT: Esson, Meekings, Warren, King, Graeme Shinnie, Sutherland, Tudur Jones, Draper, Doran, Andrew Shinnie, McKay. Subs: Reguero, Raven, Morrison, Polworth, Pepper.

  21. 1936: 

    QUEENS PARK: Parry, Little, Brough, Bradley, Robertson, Capuano, Anderson, Keenan, Watt, Longworth, Sean Burns. Subs: Lockhead, Gallagher, Smith, Shankland, Ronald.

    DUNDEE: Douglas, Irvine, McGregor, Grassi, Lockwood, McAlister, Davidson, Webster, Conroy, John Baird, Milne. Subs: Alex Baird, O'Donnell, Gallagher, Thomson, Reid.

  22. 1937: 

    BBC Radio Scotland's Kenny Macintyre manages to finish a sentence at breakneck speed and finishes speaking just in time for the start of Subo's rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone. A moment in music history which sends a Joy Division-loving colleague rushing out of earshot.

  23. 1940: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont is feeling suitably excited as kick-off approaches at Celtic Park: "OK, it's not quite a Champions League night at Celtic Park, but there's something quite exciting about these occasions nonetheless. Just the sight of that big Uefa ball taking up the centre circle, the Champions League-headed paper for the teamlines and the chatter of foreign voices in the press box sends me all a-quiver. Is that wrong?" Is it Susan Boyle that has turned him to a quivering wreck?

  24. 1942: 

    The teams are in the tunnel and all looking suitably focused - but there are some fantastic hairdos among the Swedes.

  25. 1945: 

    Stat alert! Celtic have never lost a European tie where they have won the first leg. That one is courtesy of BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod.

  26. 1945: 

    A late change for Helsingborgs as Loret Sadiku is replaced at the last minute by Joseph Baffo.

  27. 1946: 

    Both teams are out of their respective huddles and we're underway in Glasgow.

  28. 1949: 

    An update from BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park, and it sounds as though there are problems with the Swedish fans: "Sadly, a bit of crowd trouble to report. Stewards had to wade into the Helsingborgs end. Difficult to say what exactly went on, but police moving in now."

  29. 1950: 

    First shot of the evening for Celtic, Scott Brown is set up at the edge of the box by Emilio Izaguirre, but he blazes his shot well over.

  30. 1952: 

    From Prince Adam on Twitter: "Best thing about the Champions League...The music before kick off, always gives me goose bumps!#bbcsportsound"

    Never thought I'd hear someone say that Subo gave them goose bumps!

  31. 1953: 

    Meanwhile, scotbot on Twitter is concerned at our choice of literary fare: "#BBCsportsound ~ Fifty Shades of Frank McAvennie doesn't bear thinking about. "Wherz the burdz?" On page three perhaps?

  32. 1955: 

    Queen's Park 0-1 Dundee (Milne)

  33. 1955: 

    Dundee take the lead at Hampden and it's Steven Milne who is on target.

  34. 1956: 

    Arbroath 0-1 Inverness CT (Shinnie)

  35. 1958: 

    It's like buses...SPL side Inverness go in front at Gayfield through Andrew Shinnie.

  36. 1959: 

    Helsingborgs manager Age Hareide is looking very animated on the touchline, while Neil Lennon breaks EU directives on noise pollution with some almighty yelling from the dugout.

  37. 2001: 

    The Swedes are sitting pretty deep, but they break quickly and get forward in numbers when they do attack.

  38. 2002: 

    From Deanooo on Twitter: "Hope Celtic get through tonight from an Arab good luck Celtic #BBCsportsound"

  39. 2002: 

    That gets an Archie MacPherson 'Woooof!' Alejandro Bedoya robs Izaguirre 25 yards out and races through on the Celtic goal...only to completely sclaff his shot.

  40. 2005: 

    St Mirren 1-0 Ayr Utd (Lewis Guy)

  41. 2006: 

    Pedro the Scot has tweeted us at 'BBCSportsound: "Subo doesn't give me goosebumps but she definitely sends a shiver down my spine..." It's all personal taste Pedro...

  42. 2008: 

    Georgios Samaras slaloms past two Helsingborgs defenders and lopes into the box, but goalkeeper Par Hansson smothers his shot. Best chance of the night so far.

  43. 2011: 

    breathe Footy on Twitter has a bone to pick with our very own Liam McLeod's assertion that Celtic have never lost a European tie having won the first leg away from home: "Basel, 2002? Utrecht, 2010?#BBCsportsound"

  44. 2011: 

    Oops. That's my fault for the confusion. Liam did say Celtic have never lost a European tie where they have won the first leg away from home. I'll learn to read before misquoting someone in future. #slappedwrist

  45. 2014: 

    James Forrest rampages through the Helsingborgs defence only to go to ground a couple of yards inside the box, the referee is uninterested in the penalty claims, though.

  46. 2016: 

    St Mirren 2-0 Ayr United (Thompson)

    The Buddies are well in control now, with Steven Thompson netting St Mirren's second.

  47. 2017: 

    Celtic 1-0 Helsingborgs (Hooper)

  48. 2017: 

    Scott Brown shoots from outside the box, it falls to a suspiciously offside-looking Samaras, who prods it into the path of Gary Hooper to tap home from two yards out. Age Hareide is not amused.

  49. 2019: 

    Dundee are down to 10 men as Neil McGregor is sent off for a professional foul.

  50. 2018: 

    Queen's Park 1-1 Dundee (Longworth)

    The Spiders are level after Jamie Longworth converts from the spot.

  51. 2020: 

    The upshot of that Hooper goal, of course, is that there will definitely be no extra time tonight, and it leaves Helsingborgs needing three goals to beat Celtic. Surely it's tie over now.

  52. 2021: 

    St Mirren 3-0 Ayr United (McGowan)

    Paul McGowan adds his name to the scoresheet as St Mirren move further ahead.

  53. 2024: 

    Debate rages here over whether Samaras was onside or not for Celtic's goal. His pass to Gary Hooper seems okay as the striker was behind Samaras when the pass was made, but it's not clear whether the Greek was caught in an offside position when he connected with Scott Brown's shot

  54. 2025: 

    From WJP in Belfast by text: "Surely this is the luckiest European tie Celtic have ever had - 2-0 up after a first leg in which they got battered and then they go 1-0 up in the second game with Hooper a yard offside, desire an extra linesman next to the goal!"

  55. 2026: 

    The Celtic fans are clearly having a ball as they do the 'Poznan' in huge numbers. Why you'd turn away from a game as open as this is anyone's guess though.

  56. 2028: 

    Another chance for Celtic as their attacking players carve open the Helsingborg defence again. the lively Samaras drifts over to the right-hand side and slips the ball into Forrest, who then just slips as he shoots. The home side well on top at the moment though.

  57. 2030: 

    St Mirren 4-0 Ayr United (McLean)

    Kenny McLean converts a penalty to extend St Mirren's lead.

  58. 2031: 

    St Mirren 4-1 Ayr United (Moffat)

    Michael Moffat pulls one back for Ayr United in Paisley.

  59. 2031: 

    From Jimmy in Edinburgh by text: "As a Celtic fan I must admit Hooper was half a yard offside. But I will take that!"

  60. 2032: 

    From BBC Scotland's Jim Spence: "Another double save by Tony Bullock from Doran and Sutherland. Arbroath keeper in fine form. Still 1-0 Inverness CT "

  61. 2033: 

    A chance from a free kick wide on the left for Helsingborgs as half-time approaches, but it is completely wasted and Celtic break out of defence through, guess who? The omnipresent Georgios Samaras.

  62. 2034: 

    Celtic 1-0 Helsingborgs

  63. 2034: 

    A deserved lead for Celtic at the break, with Samaras in particular having an impressive match. Time to catch your breath and refill your teapot for a second half which promises plenty of drama.

  64. 2036: 

    HT St Mirren 4-1 Ayr United

    HT Arbroath 0-1 Inverness CT

    HT Queen's Park 1-1 Dundee

  65. 2037: 

    From Craig Gallagher on Twitter: "A player isn't offside when he receives a pass, it's when the pass is originally made that counts. Samaras was onside #bbcsportsound" I have the feeling we'll still be debating that goal tomorrow morning.

  66. 2037: 

    There's a personal highlight for BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in that first half: "That 50,000-man 'Poznan' the Celtic fans just did was mightily cool I have to say."

  67. 2040: 

    "When Samaras is in this kind of mood he's pretty much unplayable," says BBC Radio Scotland summariser, Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels. It's probably fair to say that some Celtic fans have seen him play other games where he's been unwatchable.

  68. 2046: 

    In the best tradition of a matchday programme, here are some facts about Helsingborg, the town that is:

    It is the birthplace of Ruben Rausing - the man who invented the tetrapak.

    The name of the ferry between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingor in Denmark is Hamlet.

    The city is home to fabulously-named metal band, Soilwork. I don't think they'll be doing a duet with Subo anytime soon.

  69. 2049: 

    We're back underway at Celtic Park, as Helsingborgs kick-off. Celtic are only 45 minutes from the Champions League group stage.

  70. 2050: 

    From Bryan in Airdrie: "As a Hearts fan, I hope we have as much luck tomorrow, as Celtic have had tonight! Celtic deserve to be winning though, they are miles better than Helsingborgs. Good for Scottish football to have two teams at least putting up a good showing in Europe." Motherwell fans, feel free to respond...

  71. 2052: 

    James in Colchester texted 80295: "Me and my mate Richard are two happy Celtic fans. Champions league is a big deal for us after a few years away."

  72. 2054: 

    Fraser Forster is called into action for almost the first time tonight as he parries a rasping long-range free-kick from Finnish defender Jere Uronen. This is the same player who admitted to being preoccupied by fixing his hair when Kris Commons scored in the first leg.

  73. 2057: 

    Celtic are trying to slow the tempo of the game, but they have to be careful. Helsingborgs are creating chances, and Nikola Djurdic causes alarm around the stadium with a close-range effort which lashes into the side netting.

  74. 2100: 

    Another opening for the visitors as Sweden's Player of the Year last season, May Mahlangu, stings the gloves of Fraser Forster with a drive from just outside the box.

  75. 2101: 

    St Mirren 5-1 Ayr Utd (Teale)

    Gary Teale re-establishes St Mirren's four-goal lead against Ayr United.

  76. 2103: 

    A soothing text from nine-year-old Celtic fan Declan in Essex: "My Dad is a lot calmer than he was in Sweden last week!"

  77. 2103: 

    Celtic are playing on the counter now, and James Forrest is sent away on the right wing by a pass from Victor Wanyama though. The Ayrshire youngster is blocked off by a Helsingborgs defender,at the edge of the box and, again the referee is unmoved by his appeals.

  78. 2106: 

    Substitute David Accam - who has just come on to the field - picks up a yellow for a wild tackle on Emillio Izaguirre. I don't think he even touched the ball before being booked.

  79. 2108: 

    An anonymous Motherwell fan takes the maroon-tinged bait and texts 80295 to say: "Is that Hearts fan bragging about losing at home to Liverpool reserves? As a Motherwell fan I know our limitations, well done to Celtic by the way but Hearts fans are having a laugh if they think they done well!"

  80. 2110: 

    The match is starting to get a bit stretched as Celtic youngster Tony Watt, who scored twice against Inverness on Saturday, looks to be getting ready to come off the bench and make his European debut.

  81. 2113: 

    Georgios Samaras, who has done a lot of running tonight is replaced by Tony Watt. Is the youngster with the 1930s hairdo going to make as big an impact as he did in the Highlands?

  82. 2116: 

    Well, there you go, I never thought I'd hear BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod quote Marshal Petain's maxim from the Battle of Verdun, but, "they shall not pass," comes out with an Aberdeen lilt. He is, of course, referring to the Celtic defence, which is holding firm.

  83. 2119: 

    Arbroath 0-2 Inverness

    Andrew Shinnie nets his second of the evening as Inverness double their lead.

  84. 2119: 

    Colin in Fife texts in on the great Samaras debate: "Neil Lennon must feel cheated by Samaras, on big European nights he plays like Messi, yet on the domestic front he plays like, dare I say it, Samaras, baffled?"

  85. 2121: 

    Scott Brown and Tony Watt combine as Celtic break forward at pace, but the Celtic captain gets in a fankle on the ball and the chance is gone.

  86. 2122: 

    Queen's Park 2-1 Dundee (Burns)

    There could be a shock on the cards as Queen's Park move ahead against Dundee courtesy of a Sean Burns goal.

  87. 2123: 

    Tony Watt gets his first chance to trouble the Helsingborgs goal, but his header goes striaght into the arms of Hansson...perhaps there was too much brylcreem on the ball.

  88. 2125: 

    Bang! Out of nowhere, James Forrest lashes an almighty thumping shot against the post, with Hansson rooted to the spot. The rebound falls to Hooper who then places a right-footed shot against the other post...with the keeper still immobile. Hooper, incidentally, was flagged offside, but replays showed he was onside.

  89. 2128: 

    There's a bit of a stramash on the edge of the Celtic box as Kelvin Wilson brings down Accam just outside the area. The Celtic man picks up a yellow, as does Nikola Djurdic who kicks out at Scott Brown.

  90. 2129: 

    From the resulting free-kick Daniel Nordmark curls a shot comfortably over the bar. Five minutes to go now for Celtic.

  91. 2131: 

    Michael Behan tweeted his contribution to the Samaras debate: "If we only ever seen the good side of Samaras he wouldn't be at Celtic #bbcsportsound" Fair point #Samaras

  92. 2131: 

    Tremendous save from Par Hansson as Scott Brown's low drive is parried by the Swede after the Celtic captain is set up by Kris Commons.

  93. 2132: 

    Celtic 2-0 Helsingborgs (Wanyama)

  94. 2132: 

    The reprieve for the Swedish side is brief. Kris Commons curls a delightful corner into the box and Victor Wanyama rises in the middle of the six-yard box to head the ball into the corner of the net.

  95. 2134: 

    St Mirren 5-1 Ayr Utd

  96. 2135: 

    We're into time added on at Celtic Park with the home side now assured of progress to the lucrative group phase of the Champions League. Manager Neil Lennon now has two days to add to his squad if the purse strings have been loosened.

  97. 2136: 

    James Forrest could have put the icing on the cake there, but with seconds left on the clock he shoots over.

  98. 2137: 

    Celtic 2-0 Helsingborgs

  99. 2137: 

    An almighty roar reverberates around Parkhead as the referee blows the full-time whistle. Celtic have made it to the Champions League group stage. As BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod beautifully puts it: "Their name will be on a wee piece of paper at the draw in Monaco tomorrow."

  100. 2139: 

    Arbroath 0-2 Inverness

  101. 2140: 

    Queen's Park 2-1 Dundee

  102. 2140: 

    Yet another shock in the Scottish Communities League Cup as SPL Dundee are knocked out by Third Division Queen's Park.

  103. 2143: 

    So, Celtic fans, the draw for the Champions League group stage takes place at 1200 BST tomorrow. Although there's bound to be one or two speeches before they get to pulling the names out of hats.

  104. 2146: 

    They'll be joined by Dynamo Kyiv, CFR Cluj and Spartak Moscow, who have all qualified from the play-off stage. Lille and FC Copenhagen have gone to extra time.

  105. 2148: 

    Congratulations to Celtic then, a deserved victory for them, and great to see a SCottish club in the Champions League group phase. Thanks for your company tonight, and don't forget that Hearts and Motherwell are in Europa League action tomorrow night you can listen to both games online at the BBC Sport website. Goodnight.

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