Celtic paint Glasgow green to revel in Champions League success

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Brendan Rodgers' men qualified for the group stage of the competition following an 8-4 aggregate win over Astana, with Griffiths scoring Celtic's third goal in their 4-3 second-leg defeat on Tuesday.

Celtic, under Rodgers, reached the group stage last season but finished bottom of a section also featuring Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

That looked to have snuffed out the hosts' belief but two goals in a minute at the start of the second half from attackers Serikzhan Muzhikov and Patrick Twumasi brought the home side back to life.

In Astana, Celtic fell behind to a Kristoffer Ajer own goal but Scott Sinclair's strike restored the visitors' five-goal aggregate advantage and the added bonus of an away goal.

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"We are going to play against some fantastic players in the Champions League, the highest club level, and the players will improve and if we can be in European football after Christmas that will be another great step forward for us". I thought we were going to get through this campaign without the anxiety.

The draw for the eight groups, featuring 32 teams in all, begins live on Eurosport 1 at 5pm BST on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in the Principality.

The first Champions League group matches take place on September 12 and September 13. It's brilliant for the club.

Goals from Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths put the result beyond doubt in thee final ten minutes and Forrest was encouraged by his side's reaction to a hard period of the game.

Both sides head into the fixture on the back of three wins from three in the league with both finding the net seven times. Unused subs: Mokin, Tagybergen, Beysebekov, Maliy, Shaikhov, Murtazayev, Grahovac.

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