As the old Champions League tune belted out under the floodlights at Celtic Park a very special feeling was in the air.

There was two changes made to the side that beat Partick Thistle with Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic returning to the side.

The first twenty-minutes of the match were very cagey. Celtic had some great chances with some excellent balls delivered into the box but Astana always looked as if they may be able to hurt Celtic on the break.

The first goal of the match was in favour of Celtic. Tom Rogic made a powerful run through the Astana defence, he chipped the ball over the face of goal with Shitov directing the ball into the net. Astana did try and respond but Celtic stayed strong and pushed for a second.

Ten minutes after the own-goal the Hoops lead was doubled. Scott Sinclair beat the offside trap, finding himself in acres of space. He calmy slotted the ball past Aleksander Mokin to double the lead.

After the restart Celtic started to dominate, Astana did have a few chances but nothing that challenegd Craig Gordon. On the hour mark Celtic were three up. A perfectly weighted pass from Leigh Griffiths found Sinclair who again produced a cool finish.

There maybe questioning behind the third goal as Tom Rogic collided with an Astana player in the air. This would usually result in a stoppage of play but the referee carried on.

After this Celtic started to completely dominate the game. The hoops played some cracking football moving the abll around excellently. The Celts were four up on the seventy-ninth minute with James Forrest joining in on the act. Griffiths layed of Forrest who scored from an almost impossible angle.

Just before the ninetieth the night was rounded of for the five star Celts. Leigh Griffiths cut inside the box at smashed the ball into the net.

Tonight’s performance was absolutely terrific, in the first-half Celtic were sloppy at times but took there chances and blew Astana away. The second-half performance was tremendous as well as the atmosphere being electric.

Declan McConville


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