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16th Feb, 2018 | 9:00am

Fringe player gamble pays off: Three things learned about Celtic in win over Zenit

Celtic deservedly defeated Zenit 1-0 in their Europa League last 32 first leg tie at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Thursday night.
Brendan Rodgers made changes from the side which defeated Partick 3-2, bringing in Callum McGregor for Charly Musonda. and reverting to a three at the back, which allowed Kieran Tierney to play on the wing. Ebouue Kouassi replaced Scott Sinclair.
The Hoops had the better of the first-half, as they enjoyed plenty of possession, but aside from a Ntcham shot just past the post, they were unable to create any real openings.
Indeed, the best chance of the first-half fell to the Russian side, de Vries doing well to save Zabolotny’s shot, as the first-half ended goalless.
The Bhoys continued to dominate the game, but the goal didn’t come until the 78th minute, when good work by substitute Charly Musonda found McGregor, who hammered the ball into the net to give the Hoops the goal they had been craving.
The Hoops can now go into the second leg in Russia with confidence of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.
Here, Football Insider looks at three things we learned in Celtic’s win over Zenit
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