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Summary

  1. Odsonne Edouard puts Celtic ahead before half-time
  2. James Forrest & Callum McGregor score after break
  3. Celtic captain Scott Brown passed fit to play
  4. First of four qualifying rounds if Celtic are to reach group stage

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Red-hot Celtic march on

    So red-hot Celtic and their fans can make the long journey home from steamy Armenia with plenty of cheer.

    Barring an unlikely home collapse, they are destined for the second round of Champions League qualifying.

    They will get a better idea of their opponents tomorrow evening when Valur host Norway's Rosenborg in Iceland in their first leg.

    For us, our next live action is on Thursday, when Hibernian host Runavík and Rangers entertain Shkupi in Europa League qualifying.

    Join us then...

    Celtic fans celebrate in Yerevan
  2. Forrest keeping feet on ground

    FT: Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

    Celtic scorer James Forrest on BBC Radio Scotland: "We finished the game strong and I thought we could have scored another couple.

    "We will take that into next week and hopefully the next round.

    "The gaffer will keep us grounded and we'll take one game at a time."

  3. Rodgers pleased with finishing

    FT: Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the victory.

    "It was very pleasing because, of the three first-round ties we have played, that was the most difficult," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

    "To play in that heat and end up controlling the game was pleasing.

    "We concentrated well and scored three very good goals.

    "We have a long way to go to get to full capacity, but they kept pushing and got their rewards."

    Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies, manager Brendan Rodgers and coach John Kennedy in the dugout
    Image caption: Brendan Rodgers (centre) had a relaxing time in Yerevan
  4. Imperious McGregor impresses McDonald

    FT: Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

    Scott McDonald

    Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

    "Job done. Excellent performance, especially this early on.

    "As we well know, it can be sticky, but Alashkert tired at the end as well.

    "A couple of moments where Alashkert had chances, but they were all from long range and Craig Gordon was comfortable.

    "Two excellent finishes at the end and Callum McGregor picked up where he left off at the end of last season.

    "He's made that central midfield role his own now. He's progressed, he's matured and it's going to be hard to displace him, even if they do bring in more bodies."

  5. Celtic make 'the perfect start'

    FT: Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

    Pat Bonner

    Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

    "It's a competitive match, so Celtic's players will have gained in fitness, but the confidence and mentality are the important things.

    "They're in the swing of that now. There'll be bigger tests coming in the weeks ahead, but they've got off to the perfect start."

  6. FULL-TIME Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

    Goals from Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest and Callum McGregor all but secure Celtic's place in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

    Alashkert would have to win 4-0 in Glasgow to deny them - and that is not going to happen.

    The Armenian champions had their moments, but Celtic showed their greater quality with some emphatic finishing.

    While Alashkert will have to make do with dropping into the Europa League, Celtic can now look forward to facing the winners of the tie between Rosenborg of Norway and Iceland's Valur.

    Celtic celebrate in Yerevan
  7. GOAL Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

    Callum McGregor

    Scorer James Forrest turns provider as he dribbles across the edge of the penalty area and places it into the path of Callum McGregor and the Scotland midfielder drives low into the far corner of the net.

  8. Reis off, Simonyem on

    Alashkert 0-2 Celtic

    The home side make another change, with former Zurich attacking midfielder Artem Simonyem replacing Jefferson Reis.

  9. Minasyan for Yedigaryan

    Alashkert 0-2 Celtic

    Alashkert bring on Mihran Minasyan, who scored their winner against St Johnstone in the Europa League three years ago.

    However, the striker is not going to have the same impact from the bench this time.

    Off comes captain Artur Yedigaryan.

  10. GOAL Alashkert 0-2 Celtic

    James Forrest

    Lewis Morgan's first touch ends with a slip, but his second is to win a corner from which Celtic secure their second goal.

    Scott Sinclair gets away with a push on his marker as the ball bobbles around the six-yard box and when it deflects into the path of James Forrest, the Scotland winger finds the net with a low drive from 12 yards.

  11. Morgan debut, Edouard off

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic scorer Odsonne Edouard is replaced with Lewis Morgan, who makes his debut for the Glasgow side after being sent back to St Mirren on loan after his January sale from the Paisley club.

  12. CLOSE!

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Alashkert are pressing for an equaliser and, when the ball breaks off Jack Hendry, Jefferson Reis has his shot deflected over the crossbar off Kristoffer Ajer.

  13. Post update

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic are caught by a long diagonal ball and Cesar Romero controls neatly on the chest and fires a drive that, unfortunately for him, is straight at goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

  14. 'Sensible changes' made by Rodgers

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Pat Bonner

    Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

    "Sensible changes. We know what Sinclair can do. He'll bring a bit of brightness and sharpness.

    "Kouassi will just sit in there and help Brown in the middle of the pitch, allow Brown to sit in front of the back three and keep a grip of the play-maker Sekulic, who has been impressive for the home side."

  15. Taking on fluids

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    The searing heat in the Armenian capital is such that water breaks are required after 30 and 60 minutes respectively.

    Even amid a UK heatwave, Celtic's players aren't accustomed to playing in temperatures north of 30C...

    Celtic players take on water
    Image caption: Celtic players take on water as the temperature remains at 31C
  16. Celtic ring changes

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic make a double change, with Olivier Ntcham being replaced with Eboue Kouassi in midfield and winger Scott Sinclair taking the place of striker Moussa Dembele.

  17. Brown back in the groove

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Captain Scott Brown overcame a knee problem sustained in the weekend's friendly hammering of Shamrock Rovers to start today's game.

    Scott Brown on the ball for Celtic
    Image caption: Experienced skipper Scott Brown passed a fitness test to feature in Armenia
  18. GREAT SAVE!

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Armenia midfielder Artak Yedigaryan advances from the left-back position he has been occupying this evening and lashes a fine 22-yard drive that might have taken Craig Gordon by surprise if it had not been straight at the goalkeeper, who pushes it comfortably over the crossbar.

  19. Post update

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Alashkert goalkeeper Ognjen Cancarevic gets himself in a pickle as he attempts to clear outside his penalty box.

    He fires the ball against Moussa Dembele but finally manages to scramble it clear as the French striker prepares to pounce on the mistake.

  20. Tierney & Edouard menacing Alashkert

    Alashkert 0-1 Celtic

    Kieran Tierney has caused the Alashkert defence plenty of problems with his surging runs and energy down the left flank. A couple of his crosses almost ended with Celtic goals.

    It's Frenchman Odsonne Edouard, though, who has the visitors ahead, thanks to his well-controlled finish at the end of the first half.

    Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard
    Image caption: Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard have been among Celtic's most threatening players