Celtic moved a step closer to the Champions League group stage after a 2-1 home win over Astana on Wednesday evening.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic snaked a late win over Astana on Wednesday to put them within 180 minutes of the Champions League group stage.
The Bhoys had drawn 1-1 in Kazakhstan last week, and when Leigh Griffiths put Celtic in front with a penalty on Wednesday evening, it seemed that Brendan Rodgers' side were heading through to the next round of the Champions League qualifiers.
Celtic's Callum McGregor, Scott Brown and Kieran Tierney celebrate at the end of the match with fans
However, Agim Ibraimi's equaliser drew Astana level, and the game was heading into extra time before Moussa Dembele was felled inside the area. Igor Shitov and Dmitri Shomko both saw red cards, but Dembele kept his cool to score from the spot and grab his first Celtic goal.
It wasn't pretty, but Celtic did what they had to do - and are now just two games away from reaching the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2013.
Celtic's Leigh Grifiths celebrates at the end of the match
The result was just what Brendan Rodgers needed, and after two failed Champions League qualifying campaigns under Ronny Deila, Rodgers already looks like one-upping the Norwegian.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot
Sutton was delighted to see new signing Dembele get off the mark with his first goal, and suggested Rodgers has improved the club's mentality already - but Celtic still have some way to go.
Hartson was delighted to see Dembele show the nerve to step up for the injury-time penalty, and is hoping for a favourable draw in the final qualifying round for the group stage.
Finally, Virgo was ecstatic as Celtic managed to get the result they needed, and is happy to see the club close in on a return to the Champions League - which is where the former defender believes the Bhoys belong.
Dembele off the mark! Massive courage and belief. Shows even in a short space of time BR has improved teams mentality but a long way to go— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 3, 2016
Great win onto the next one !good to see Dembele show great nerve/composure to slot the penalty home. Hope we get a kind draw for play off— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) August 3, 2016
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