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Celtic's Champions League rivals knocked out one of just three teams to beat Bayern last season

Shakhter Karagandy have already knocked BATE Borisov out of the Champions League. So Celtic should be wary...

Last season Bayern Munich were quite simply, breath-taking.

Under the tutelage of Jupp Heynckes they were simply unstoppable - romping to the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League glory in one season - the first time that feat has ever been achieved by a German side.

But despite their dominance there were a few teams who managed to get the once over on this super team - well, three of them that is.

Bayer Leverkusen managed to do so with a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena in October 2012.

Arsenal were of course another team who won against this impressive opposition - a 2-0 win in the Champions League round of 16 in March 2013.

But these two were late comers to this party. In fact, the first team to grab victory over Bayern last season was in fact Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov.

The obscure outfit beat Bayern 3-1 in the Dynamo Stadium with goals from Alyaksandr Pawlaw, Vitali Rodionov and Renan Bressan proving enough for victory.

But why am I rabbiting on about this?

Well because if Celtic are to make it into the Champions League next season, they will have to overcome the team that beat BATE in the Champions League this season.

Kazakhstani outfit Shakhter Karagandy beat BATE 2-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round of this seasons campaign.

BATE are not as strong as they were a year ago - they have lost stars like Bressan and their goalkeeping prodigy Alyaksandr Hutar - but still, for this Kazakh team to beat one of just three Bayern conquerors goes to show they cannot be taken lightly when Celtic face them this month.

Here are the highlights from the BATE Borisov v Bayern Munich game from last season…

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