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Colin Moffat

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    Salzburg celebrate their 3-1 victory at Celtic Park

    Well, that's all from me on a strange old night for Celtic. The hosts were on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat but still progress to the last 32.

    Thanks for your company, Make sure you join us again for a busy Scottish Cup weekend.

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    John Guidetti will be eligible for the round of 32, having missed the group stage signing deadline. But is that enough? Do Celtic need to strengthen in January or is just a case of getting the best out of talents already at the club like James Forrest and Kris Commons?

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    Some of the teams already through as group winners and therefore possible opponents for Celtic: Fiorentina, Everton, Inter Milan, Dinamo Moscow...

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    "Everything is possible," answers Ronny Deila on Celtic's chances in the knock-out rounds. "If we can handle this team (Salzburg) that is the level we need to be at."

    Problem is, they didn't really handle Salzburg at all, did they?

    That's Celtic been beaten at home by Legia Warsaw, Maribor and now Salzburg this season.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "We are happy to be going through but we wanted to do it ourselves. We opened the game very poorly but showed courage to come back and I'm proud of the second half; we really put them under pressure. Salzburg has shown themselves a very good team and the best teams are going through."

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    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Celtic fans won't be going home happy after a 3-1 home defeat but they'll be energised again when the knock-out round comes."

  7. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Stephen Gillespie on Twitter: "People are determined to take nothing but negatives from Celtic's qualification from their Europa League group with a game to spare..."

    Andy Porridge on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball 'I think we can reach the final or semi-final' -Denayer. Let's hope so. CFC got a free pass from Astra tonight."

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    Are Celtic getting any better asks Tom English on BBC Radio Scotland then answers his own question with a firm "no".

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    So Celtic will be playing Europa League football next year but it's all a bit anti-climatic after the chasing Ronny Deila's side were given in the first half hour.

    The 12 group winners along with the four teams dropping out of the Champions League with the best records will be seeded in the round of 32.

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    Kenny Matthews on BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page: "Paid the price for leaving the most creative player on bench until it was too late... Never mind we have qualified."

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    Celtic have one more match to play in Group D, with a dead-rubber visit to Croatia to take on Dinamo Zagreb on 11 December.


    Astra 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb

    The Romanian Cup winners leapfrog the Croatians into third place in Group D but cannot catch Celtic.


    Celtic 1-3 Salzburg

    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Celtic's second-half revival fell short, although Salzburg's late third goal wasn't reflective of the balance of play. Celtic will need to improve to go further in the Europa League, but they have at least made the knockout stages despite losing to Salzburg. Much work still to do for the manager Ronny Deila."

  14. GOAL

    Celtic 1-3 Salzburg (Keita)

    Salzburg stretch their lead as a low shot from Sabitzer is saved by Craig Gordon's outstretched leg and the ball loops up for Keita to nod into an unguarded net.

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    We'll get three minutes of stoppage time.

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    No real cavalry charge from Celtic as the game looks like fizzling out. Salzburg are doing the pressing as the 90-minute mark approaches.

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    It's still 1-0 to Astra over in Romania, with Dinamo Zagreb needing a win to have any chance of catching Celtic. We're into the final five minutes at Celtic Park as the hosts seek to preserve their unbeaten record in the group.

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    Lovely interchange between Emilio Izaguirre and Stefan Johansen as the Celtic left-back runs on to a cute back-heel but the shot from a tight-ish angle is too high.

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    Kris Commons has a swipe at goal

    Celtic have been much improved in the second half. Can they find another goal for a second 2-2 draw against Salzburg in this campaign?

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Celtic have been much more threatening and self-assured, and the substitutions have all been bold, with Forrest, Commons and Tonev all coming on. Salzburg are no longer in command, but carry a threat of their own. Much still to play for in the final quarter at Celtic Park."

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    Emilio Izaguirre is at it again, powering along the byline before cutting the ball back for Leigh Griffiths. Perhaps still thinking of that save, the striker misses his shot altogether, with the ball going through his legs.


    Must be! No! Emilio Izaguirre whips in a wonderful cross and Leigh Griifths rises at the back post to connect well with a header. However, keeper Gulacsi is able to bat it away.


    Last throw of the dice for Celtic boss Ronny Deila, with Aleks Tonev on for Charlie Mulgrew. We have 15 minutes remaining at Celtic Park.

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    Leigh Griffiths gets his first glimpse of goal as the ball drops to him on the edge of the penalty area. The Celtic striker takes aim for the far top corner but slips slightly and his shot flies well wide of the target.

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    Close to a hat-trick for Alan as the Salzburg striker slides after a great ball across goal from Jonathan Soriano.

  26. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    EthuCrorie on Twitter: "Deila may have his faults but the squad he has to work with is pretty poor. Nobody in squad will be subject to a 10m bid! #bbcscotfootball"

    David Anderson on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball don't know if Celtic are that bad or Salzburg are that good.. Either way I think we realise Celtic Park isn't what it was."

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    A deep free kick from Charlie Mulgrew is nodded back into the mixer at the back post. Efe Ambrose and Kris Commons both go for overhead kicks and both men swipe at fresh air.


    Kris Commons and James Forrest are on, with Anthony Stokes and Callum McGregor making way.

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    Another couple of corner for Celtic and groans greet the second attempt from Anthony Stokes as a scuffed affair fails to beat the first man. Ronny Deila has the subs getting stripped.

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    David Donnachie on Facebook: "You always suspect that Celtic are a goal away from totally capitulating. As a team they seem mentally fragile."

    James Gray Dewar: "Getting a bit feed up listening to the nay sayers. This was always going to be a tough year for a manager new at this level, in a new country, new football culture and the expectation placed on him. Give the guy a break, he will figure it out and the players will eventually."

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    The first glimmer of good play from the visitors in the second half as Alan and Jonathan Soriano link well before the latter drags a shot wide from 18 yards.

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Some Celtic fans have been calling for James Forrest to be brought on. The team has been more composed since the interval, and Salzburg are having to defend, but the home side has lacked a cutting edge. They will, though, be heartened by the fact that with Astra leading against Dinamo Zagreb, Celtic will still qualify as the scores currently stand."

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    Charlie Mulgrew is in a spot of bother after taking a knee to the ribs. The Celtic midfielder is grimacing but soldiering on...

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    That's another corner for Celtic, this one earned by Callum McGregor, who is playing much wider since the interval. The big men are up from the back but, again, have to trot away again as Salzburg clear.

  35. GOAL

    Astra 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Bukari)

    Good news for Celtic fans. The Romanian side are ahead and that may just kill off any chance of Dinamo Zagreb catching the Scottish champions.

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    Another corner for the hosts as Leigh Griffiths bustles away on the left. Salzburg deal with this one without too much fuss.

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    A couple of corners for Celtic and the second effort from Anthony Stokes crashes off the top of the crossbar before bouncing out of play.

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    Seb Leonard on BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page: "Many fans seem to question Deila's ability as a manager despite being top of the league, still in both domestic cups and currently second and on the verge of qualifying for the last 32 of the Europa League... We need to respect that."

  39. KICK-OFF

    We're up and running again. Rather surprisingly, it's as you were from Celtic. No substitutions from either side...

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    Celtic trail 2-1

    Celtic have it all to do in the second half. The fans are doing their bit with a rousing version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

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    Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonnar on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There is lots and lots of space on Celtic's right-hand side but they have not got in one single cross. Callum McGregor has been playing far too narrow. I wouldn't be surprised if James Forrest is brought on."

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    Over in Romania, it's 0-0 between FC Astra Giurgiu and Dinamo Zagreb. If the results stay the same, Celtic are going through.


    Celtic 1-2 Salzburg

    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "For half an hour, Celtic were lost souls. They were overwhelmed by the swift incisiveness of Salzburg, whose strikers were mobile and dangerous. The 2-0 lead did not flatter the visitors, but Celtic recovers, scoring once and renewing belief. This game is not, yet, out of Celtic's reach, but they need to be more commanding in midfield and more sure-footed at the back."

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    Rab McKnight on BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page: "After a few minutes, commentator said Celtic defending with everyone in around the box... I was ready to switch off right there - before the first goal. Celtic have done this in every European game for the last 5 years. It can ONLY put pressure on the defence. Who, exactly, are you going to clear the ball to? The opposition evrry time. It's bad enough late in the game but starting like that, what can you hope for? 0-0? Unfortunately we don't seem to play until we go behind. So frustrating. "

    Steve Burnsey: "Delia might get away with it AGAIN tonight but his day is coming soon."

    Thomas Clark: "I think they will get possibly a draw but you never know, long way to go yet and scottish football needs an interest in the new year in Europe."

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    Celtic are not really taking advantage of Salzburg losing their stride as they struggle to retain possession. It's all very scrappy now as Efe Ambrose makes an important tackle to prevent Alan from running in on goal.


    Salzburg's Benno Schmitz is booked for clattering into Callum McGregor near the halfway line. The Austrians have lost their earlier fluency as the interval approaches.

  47. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    HarryBanty on Twitter: "So much for all the talk about Soriano. There is an Alan!#bbcscotfootball"

    Andy Craig on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball Deila no clue how to manage Celtic. 2 best players on the bench & playing defensive at home. Go now Ronny it didn't work out."

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Celtic's goal has completely changed the mood at Celtic Park. The home crowd has been roused and the home team is playing with more purpose. Also telling that the breakthrough came with Emilio Izaguirre's first real foray down the left flank. Celtic can profit from their wide play."


    Stefan Johansen is cautioned for a trip and not even his best 'who me?' innocent face can save him.

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    More from BBC Scotland's Facebook page (all before Celtic got that goal back...)

    Kenny Matthews: "Shocking. Will he never learn? Commons benched again."

    Iain McGowan: "Maybe Deila should have been arrested rather than Craig Whyte?

  51. GOAL

    Celtic 1-2 Salzburg (Johansen)

    Completely out of the blue, Celtic are right back in it as Emilio Izaguirre sends a dipping cross into the penalty area for Stefan Johansen to meet first-time near the penalty spot and the Norwegian's shot flies into the bottom corner of the net.

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    Another swift counter-attack from one penalty box to the other and again it's the Austrians treating us to some lovely interplay. Alan, may have a boring name by Brazilian standards, but he is full of clever invention.

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Ronny Delia has been grim-faced on the touchline. His Celtic team is being outplayed, particular in midfield, where Salzburg have taken control. The home side's wide players have barley participated, but Salzburg adopt a narrow formation, which Celtic could take advantage of. First, though, the Celtic defenders need to curtail Alan and Jonathan Soriano, because the Salzburg strikers have been irrepressible so far."

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    It's all flicks and tricks from a super-confident Salzburg, with the Celtic defence creaking. Alan plays a lovely pass to Soriano but Virgil van Dijk manages to force the striker wide and it's a comfortable save for Craig Gordon.


    Jonathan Soriano raises his arm in celebration as his free-kick arcs round the defensive wall and flies into the net. However, referee Halis Ozkahya also raises his arm to indicate the set-piece was indirect. I think Craig Gordon knew that as he let the ball whizz by...

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    Steve Burnsey on Facebook: "Said it for the last 2 months Delia his not good enough to manage a pub team... Raging."

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Salzburg look threatening every time they attack. Celtic need to tighten up. The home fans had been in good voice before the opening goal, but the Austrian side are accomplished and sharp."

  58. GOAL

    Celtic 0-2 Salzburg (Alan)

    Oh dear. Celtic are all at sea as Alan helps himself to a second goal. The ball is nodded on from a corner by Andre Ramalho and, again, the Brazilian is left unattended to poke the ball past Craig Gordon.


    A second goal for Salzburg surely? The ball loops to Martin Hinteregger almost underneath the crossbar with Celtic in complete disarray but Craig Gordon produces an incredible save to keep out the header.

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    Were the Celtic defence waiting for an offside decision? There was no challenge on Alan at all.

  61. GOAL

    Celtic 0-1 Salzburg (Alan)

    Massimo Bruno is allowed to weave his way infield and his shot loops up into the Celtic penalty box where Alan is waiting to rifle the ball past an exposed Craig Gordon from seven yards.

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    Salzburg are making all of the early running as Emilio Izaguirre clips the heels of Kevin Kampl on the edge of the penalty area. Again the free kick is scrambled clear.

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    Salzburg win a free kick as Virgil van Dijk bundles over Brazilian striker Alan. Soriano curls in a nice delivery which eludes Craig Gordon but is nodded away.

  64. KICK-OFF

    Celtic get the game started. Hold on to your bunnets.

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    Both teams go into pre-match huddles. Not long to go now...

  66. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Van Coupon on Twitter: "Craig Gordon will be busy. Team selection is awful. #bbcscotfootball."

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "A win over Salzburg would secure Celtic's passage to the Europa League knockout stages, and the responsibility in attack lies with Leigh Griffiths, a peripheral player under Ronny Deila. The defence will also need to be way to Jonathan Soriano, who has scored 28 times this season for Salzburg. Celtic Park isn't full, but there is anticipation in the air."

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    Salzburg manager Adi Hutter

    "We have come here to win the game which would be important for the club and for me personally as it's my first season in the Europa League.

    "I will enjoy the atmosphere but I can only be happy if we play well and my team wins."

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    BBC Scotland's Tom English points out that eight of the Salzburg line-up were playing when they demolished Ajax 6-1 over two legs in this competition last season.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "We have met good opponents in Europe but Salzburg have had some good results and been at a high level for a couple of years.

    "They work hard together, they run a lot and it is hard to get your own passing game going.

    "It is clear to us what we are going to meet so we just have to be up for it."

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    Sizzling Soriano

    Jonathan Soriano

    Celtic will need to keep a very close eye on Salzburg's red hot striker Jonathan Soriano. The Spaniard has banged in an incredible 52 club goals so far this year.

    The 29-year-old began his career with Espanyol, moving across the city to join Barcelona in 2009, where he was a regular in the B team for three years but unable to dislodge the stellar cast of Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pedro, David Villa and Alexis Sanchez at the Nou Camp.

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    Not all portents point in favour of Celtic though...

    Adi Hutter's side are unbeaten in their last eight Europa League matches away from home. Salzburg are also the highest scoring team in the group phase with 13 goals from their previous four matches.

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    Captain Scott Brown reckons tonight's opponents are the best team Celtic have played all season - and the fittest. But the omens are good since no Austrian side has left Scotland with a victory in competitive European action after 13 attempts.

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    BBC Radio Scotland are providing live commentary from Celtic Park but we do not have online rights, so you'll need to dig out the old transistor and go listen in the car.

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    The sides drew 2-2 in their Group D opener in September, with Craig Gordon playing an absolute blinder for Ronny Deila's side. The goalkeeper has been in exceptional form since he joined the Scottish champions in the summer, reserving some of his best performances for this competition.

    The Austrian and Scottish league leaders are vying to finish top of the section - both are unbeaten so far, with Salzburg - already qualified for the last 32 - currently two points ahead.

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    With free-scoring John Guidetti ineligible, there is a rare start for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor gets a run in midfield as James Forrest and Kris Commons drop to the bench.


    Celtic: Gordon, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Brown, McGregor, Johansen, Stokes, Griffiths. Subs: Zaluska, Biton, Scepovic, Commons, Tonev, Kayal, Forrest.

    SV Red Bull Salzburg: Gulacsi, Ankersen, Ramalho Silva, Hinteregger, Schmitz, Kampl, Bruno, Ilsanker, Leitgeb, Alan, Soriano. Subs: Walke, Schwegler, Sabitzer, Keita, Laimer, Caleta-Car.

    Referee: Halis Ozkahya (Turkey)

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    There are lots of permutations for tonight's match but let's keep it simple. A win for Celtic will guarantee progress to the knock-out phase, as will a draw or even a defeat if Dinamo Zagreb fail to win at Astra.

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    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Celtic's penultimate Europa League group game, with Salzburg the visitors to the East End of Glasgow.