With almost an hour on the clock and the tie poised at 0-0 on aggregate, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers gambled on the fitness of striker Leigh Griffiths as the Bhoys tried to get that elusive goal, that would see the Hoops progress to the Champion League play-offs.
Introducing Leigh gave the team a focal point up front and let James Forrest move to a more natural wide position.
The substitution worked a treat. Almost instantly the Bhoys got a second wind and you could see a renewed confidence in many players.
And it didn’t take long for Celtic to reap the rewards. Only ten minutes after his introduction the Hoops went in front. Scott Sinclair dropped into the middle of the park to pick up a pass from Jozo, he turned and ran at the home defence before feeding the ball wide to Forrest.
After an initial poos touch, Jamesy got the ball under control and fire it high into the Rosenberg net to make it 1-0 to Celtic. It was a goal worthy of winning any game.
Jamesy could have had a second minutes later after great work from Leigh. His pass inside was missed by Tom Rogic but Forrest latched onto the loose ball. sprinting through on the Rosenberg goal. However he took the ball too close to the keeper allowing the stopper to save.
Before the game we’d all settle for any result that would have put us through, especially after last weeks poor performance at Celtic Park. But when you consider Erik lasted only 24 minutes, before being replaced by the excellent Nor Bitton, Celtic never really looked in much danger.
In fact Craig Gordon had more to do last week than last night.
Let’s hope we get a favourable draw on Friday in the play-offs, then see what the group stages brings….