Celtic

By James Black

Celtic picked up their first Champions League win in four years as goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair gave them a 3-0 win away to Anderlecht.

Going into the game Celtic had only won once away from home in Europe’s elite competion but needed to take something from the game to keep their hopes of continental football after Christmas alive.

Despite a shaky start, the Hoops were able to control the game for long spells as they outclassed their hosts.

One big concern for Brendan Rodgers however will be seeing captain Scott Brown limp off with 20 minutes remaining after an apparent hamstring inury.

Anderlecht had the best of the early going and kept Celtic pinned in their own half for spells but couldn’t turn their dominance into a lead.

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The Hoops stuggled to string more than a few passes together with Olivier Ntcham in particular making several early errors.

As the first-half progressed Rodgers’ side started to impose themselves on the game more and finally got their reward not long before half-time when Leigh Griffith’s fired them into the lead.

Ntcham’s perfectly-weighted pass was picked up by Kieran Tierney and the left-back fired a teasing cross for Griffiths to fire home at the back post.

Just five minutes into the second-half, Roberts capitalised on a defensive howler to double the Celts’ lead.

Anderlecht defender Olivier Deschacht let the ball slide under his foot and Roberts picked it up before curling a left-footed shot into the far corner of the net.

The Belgian champions looked to try get themselves back into the game but continually made sloppy errors in possession.

Celtic continued to push forward and with seconds left, Sinclair made it 3-0 with a composed finish.

The winger picked the ball up a long way from goal and drove at the Anderlecht defence before placing it high into the net.

In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the Hoops’ clash against Anderlecht. 

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