The Hoops lined up in Dublin with a familiar looking strong team. One which would be expected to take on Linfield on Friday evening. 

Celtic from the kick-off controlled the game and it did not take long for the bhoys to open the goalscoring when Mikael Lustig made a excellent overlapping run to them tuck the ball away. 

Their hard work shown in previous weeks seems to have paid dividends when Stuart Armstrong slotted the ball into the top corner to double the hoops lead. 

Shortly afterwards the scoreline was three nil after Moussa Dembele baghed his second goal of pre-season after a delightful ball from Kieran Tierney. 

Before the interval Celtic grabbed a fourth goal when Scott Sinclair tapped the ball in from another Kieran Tierney pass. 

The first fifteen minutes of the second-half were pretty quiet with Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic coming close to bagging a fith for the bhoys. It was though James Forrest that got the fith after a terrific solo effort jinking past Rovers defenders to slot the ball home. 

The sixth goal was scored with ease when Scott sinclaie went round the Rovers goalkeeper to make it six. This goal was created by Griffiths after playing a superb ball over the top of the Rovers defence. 

Immediately after that it was seven after Stuart Armstrong bagged another goal. It was then eight when Johnny Hayes bagged his first for the bhoys. Eventuslly the game was rounded off when Scottish Cup Final hero Tom Rogic scored an unfamiliar headed goal. 

This performance had everything in it, speed, quality and aggresion. The bhoys look in fantastic shape going into their Champions League campaign. The only disappointment was that Captain Scott Brown was replaced before the interval with what looked like a small injury. Celtic will face Linfield on Friday evening, kicking their Champions League campaign off. 
Written by Declan McConville.


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