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Keir Murray

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  1. Good night

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Well, it's been quite a night for Celtic. Barring a collapse, they will be in the group stage draw for the Champions League. Thanks for logging on to our coverage of the first leg in Glasgow. You'll find plenty more reaction on our website this evening and tomorrow. All the best.

  2. Stand-in defender Bitton

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    More from Brendan Rodgers: "We want to go there and win the game. We're in a better place. We have to complete the second leg and finish the job off. There was lots of speculation about Nir Bitton. There's no-one knows better than me if he was good enough. I wouldn't play him if I didn’t think he was. He made a lot less mistakes than many centre-halves I see, that are actual centre-halves. I thought he was outstanding tonight - defending, taking the ball, he gives us the composure to build the game and when he is under pressure he has the ability to find a midfield player."

  3. 'Some of our play was outstanding'

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "Every game in this qualification is a pressure game. The pleasing aspect is how the players coped with that - their calmness in possession, how we circulated the ball and how we opened up the spaces and tired Astana out. They normally don’t press. Once we found our angles we could play through them that wee bit better. Some of our play was outstanding. It was very complete. We now need to get the job done in the second game."

  4. Rodgers proud of his players

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "It's a great demonstration of the work that the players have made over the past season - the maturity, the belief in a shape and their understanding of the game. We scored five goals and we missed one or two chances. To do this against a team that a couple of years ago was drawing with Atletico Madrid and Benfica, I'm very proud of the team."

  5. Waiting on the media conference

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    We're still waiting to hear what Brendan Rodgers has to say about his team's dismantling of Astana. The media conference is about to begin in the next few minutes.

  6. Goal number five

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Leigh Griffiths looks on as his shot is deflected off Igor Shitov into the Astana net for Celtic's fifth.

    Leigh Griffiths looks on as his shot is deflected off Igor Shitov into the Astana net
  7. The pressure's off

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    Celtic captain Scott Brown and some of his team-mates enjoy the post-match celebrations.

    Celtic captain Scott Brown and some of his team-mates enjoy the post-match celebrations.
  8. Griffiths matures

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    Scott McDonald

    Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

    "It was a real mature performance. How much he has come on in the last year, it's been phenomenal to see. He is now the number nine for Scotland and that's because of the changes he has made in his game. Gordon Strachan now trusts him up there."

  9. Post-match reaction

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    If you have time to stay with us we'll bring you some quotes from Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

  10. Elsewhere on the continent

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Here are tonight's other results in the play-off first legs:

    Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-1 Maribor

    Istanbul Basaksehir1-2 Sevilla

    Napoli 2-0 Nice

    Olympiakos 2-1 Rijeka

  11. Forrest's fire

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    James Forrest scores Celtic's fourth on their way to a 5-0 win, which Uefa says is a joint record-winning margin and a record home win in the Champions League play-offs.

    James Forrest scores Celtic's fourth
  12. No rest for Celtic's top players

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    Former Celtic players Scott McDonald and Pat Bonner, speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, are certain that Brendan Rodgers should take his full squad to Kazakhstan for Tuesday's return leg. No slacking.

  13. Celtic's progress

    FT Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Pat Bonner

    Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

    "This shows you how far this team have come. Last year they were nervous but they got through to the group stage. European football is the benchmark to measure any Celtic team. I think they are a team that can now compete in the group stage. I think you have to talk them up now. They have Dembele and Boyata to come back in and they may add others. Brendan will be very ambitious. I think they can go into a group and get better results than last year."

  14. A stroll in the rain

    Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic players take a stroll around the pitch applauding the fans, who return the compliment.

    News coming to us that Uefa has "awarded" the fifth goal to Igor Shitov rather than Leigh Griffiths.


    Celtic 5-0 Astana

  16. Celtic win a late corner

    Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Celtic take a short corner in the dying seconds. When the whistle blows, Leigh Griffiths hoofs the ball into the stand and the celebrations begin.

  17. More to come from Celtic

    Celtic 5-0 Astana

    What's encouraging for Celtic is that they have won this match, and surely the tie, without two near certain starters - defender Dedryck Boyata and striker Moussa Dembele, both of whom are out injured.


    Celtic 5-0 Astana

    There are five minutes of injury time.

  19. GOAL Celtic 5-0 Astana

    Leigh Griffiths

    Astana are in disarray as Leigh Griffiths, in yet another move down the inside-right channel, knocks in Celtic's fifth goal, via a deflection. The Celtic fans are loving this. Griffiths is too.

  20. Celtic too hot for Astana

    Celtic 4-0 Astana

    "Celtic have gone through Astana like a blowtorch through butter tonight," Liam McLeod tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners.