Celtic’s win away from home against Rosenborg has them in pole position to qualify for the Europa League last 32.
Scott Sinclair’s first half winner was enough for Brendan Rodgers’ side to claim all three points. With Salzburg defeating their Red Bull counterparts Leipzig at home, Celtic only have to avoid defeat in their last game to progress.
Celtic’s win taught us a number of things about the Scottish Champions, so here are five things we learned from the trip to Trondheim.
Celtic have bottle
It wasn’t pretty at times but Celtic deservedly saw out the game in Trondheim to secure the victory.
The team showed terrific bottle to navigate their way through a tricky tie to stay alive in the competition. Craig Gordon didn’t have a save to make, largely down to Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic.
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Both were excellent at the back, giving Celtic a platform to go on and win the game.
Sinclair still has a part to play
Sinclair has been much maligned in the last 18 months. Many believe he has failed to hit the heights of his maiden year at Celtic.
And while that may be true, time and time again the Englishman shows he’s still a vital player for the Hoops. His winner against Rosenborg was another big goal in his Celtic career.
He may not be at his best, but he’s still capable of being a match winner for the team.
Tom Rogic is Celtic’s best player
It’s no surprise to anyone now, but Rogic again proved his class against Rosenborg.
He looked the most likely to make something happen for Celtic the entire game.
Although he didn’t get the winner, he came close with numerous efforts on target in the first half.
One piece of play which highlights skill occurred in the first half. He brought a looping ball out of the air with a majestic touch before testing the goalkeeper.
Celtic nearly missed out on Ryan Christie
Imagine if Celtic had got their finger out and completed the John McGinn deal from Hibs in the summer. There’s every chance that Christie would be plying his trade for a different club now.
And that would have been disastrous to Celtic with how Christie is playing this season. Tonight marked his sixth consecutive start since he burst into the first team last month.
His drive and guile in midfield really gave Celtic inspiration in the first half. It is unthinkable that he is anywhere other than Celtic’s midfield at the moment.
He continues to justify his inclusion, and new contract, every single game.
Rodgers knows best
Celtic’s win in Trondheim proves that Rodgers knows what he’s doing.
His decision to drop Olivier Ntcham, who impressed on Saturday, for Rogic was vindicated by the Australian’s display.
He also kept returning captain Scott Brown on the bench until late in the game. Bringing Brown on late helped Celtic see out the game at 1-0.
Rodgers has some tough decisions to make as Celtic boss, but he’s been proven correct time after time. His team selection and tactics were spot on.