Gallery: Pure elation as Moussa Dembele fires Celtic towards Champions League qualification

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

The Frenchman scored a vital first goal for the Hoops last night.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele scores the second goal from the penalty spotCeltic's Moussa Dembele scores the second goal from the penalty spot

Celtic new boy Moussa Dembele broke his goalscoring duck in the most dramatic fashion possible last night to send the Hoops into the Champions League play-off round.

Brendan Rodgers’ men struggled to get into their rhythm against a defensive FK Astana side who offered almost nothing in an attacking sense.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spotCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

The loss of Patrick Roberts early on disrupted the Hoops attacking flow and there were few chances of note before the prolific Leigh Griffiths broke the deadlock with the last kick of the first-half.

Kieran Tierney refused to give up on a lost cause and was duly rewarded with a penalty kick after being hacked down as he reached the ball just before the despairing Astana defender.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spotCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

Despite failing to muster much threat, the Kazakhstani minnows equalized midway through the second-half to set nerves on edge inside Parkhead.

Rodgers sent on Dembele in a bid to spark his team into life and his physical presence instantly gave the Celtic attack another dimension.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with Leigh GriffithsCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with Leigh Griffiths

A goal wasn’t forthcoming however, and the game looked set for extra time until the former Fulham man took matters into his own hands.

Picking up the ball on the right flank, the Frenchman skillfully navigated past one Astana defender before a quick one-two with Griffiths and a burst of pace brought him past another only to be hacked down for Celtic’s second penalty of the match.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with teammatesCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with teammates

The clock read 91 minutes and Dembele ordered Griffiths off penalty duties. He had won it and he was going to score it.

Up he stepped and with a disguised swerve of his hips, sent the ball into the back of the net and Celtic one step close to the Champions League group stages.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with teammatesCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with teammates

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