Celtic 1 - 0 Qarabag : Boyata gives Hoops advantage

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PA

Celtic's Champions League prospect became a whole lot brighter after Dedryck Boyata's late header gave them a narrow 1-0 victory over Qarabag at Parkhead. The home side put in an insipid, error-strewn first-half performance in the first-leg of the third qualifier to give the Azerbaijan champions plenty of encouragement. Ronny Deila's men improved after the break but aside from a great save b...Full Story »

Celtic vs Qarabag preview - Deila: We have to earn respect

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PA

Celtic manager Ronny Deila hopes his team use their Champions League experience to their advantage when they host Qarabag on Wednesday night. But the Norwegian has warned that his players are facing a settled side who have some of the characteristics he has pushed to instil in his team. Qarabag made their debut in the competition last season but went out in the third qualifying round against S...Full Story »

Celtic 1 - 4 Stjarnan : Celtic survive scare to advance

Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by PA

Celtic eased past Stjarnan in their Champions League second qualifier but not before an early scare against the Icelandic part-timers. The Hoops travelled to the tiny Samsungvollur stadium with a 2-0 advantage from last week's first leg in Glasgow but found themselves under some unexpected pressure after only six minutes when Olafur Karl Finsen shot the home side into a shock lead. However, ...Full Story »

Crusaders FC 3 - 2 Skenderbeu Korce: Crusaders bow out despite victory

Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by PA

Crusaders bowed out of the Champions League at the second qualifying round stage despite a thrilling 3-2 win over Skenderbeu. The tie was as good as over after a 4-1 first-leg loss, but they were given a window in this one when Renato Arapi was given an 11th-minute red card. Crusaders then went on to open the scoring, Stephen Flynn on target 50 minutes in. But the 10 men responded and level...Full Story »

Crusaders FC vs Skenderbeu Korce preview - Clean sheet vital - Coates

Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by PA

Crusaders captain Colin Coates accepts his team must shut out Albanian visitors Skenderbeu on Tuesday night to have any hope of progressing in Europe. The Northern Irish side lost 4-1 in Albania last week and the odds of reaching the third qualifying round of the Champions League are heavily stacked against them. "We need to score first at Seaview to have any chance of fighting back," six-time...Full Story »

Celtic 2 - 0 Stjarnan: Celtic ease to opening win

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PA

Celtic's Champions League journey began with a comfortable 2-0 qualifying win over Icelandic outfit Stjarnan at Parkhead. The part-time visitors came with hopes of spoiling the party in the first leg of the second qualifying round but even though the home side passed up several chances to take the lead, they made the breakthrough when defender Dedryck Boyata - making his competitive debut - h...Full Story »

Dundalk 1 - 2 BATE Borisov: McMillan strike gives Dundalk hope

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PA

David McMillan scored a precious away goal for Dundalk but the Lilywhites lost 2-1 to BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Champions League second round qualifying tie. Stephen Kenny's men were rocked by a 10th-minute goal from Aleksandr Karnitski. A sloppy Shields mistake in midfield allowed BATE to surge forward and Vitali Rodionov and Aleksandr Karnitski exchanged passes on the edge of t...Full Story »

Skenderbeu Korce 4 - 1 Crusaders FC: Crusaders crushed in Albania

Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by PA

Crusaders were hammered 4-1 away to Albanian club Skenderbeu. Bakary Nimanga got the home side going (15) before veteran Hamdi Salihi added a second (34) to put the Northern Irish side in a tough spot. Jordan Owens pulled a goal back three minutes after the half-time break, but Bernard Berisha made it three and Salihi made it two for the night. Full Story »

The New Saints 0 - 1 Fehervar Videoton: TNS suffer narrow loss

Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by PA

A second-half goal from Adam Gyurcso condemned TNS to a 1-0 home defeat in their Champions League qualifier with Videoton. The Welsh side held their own in the second qualifying round first leg, but were undone 13 minutes from time. Hungarian outfit Videoton will now fancy their chances of progressing through when the sides play out the second leg in a week's time. Full Story »

Celtic vs Stjarnan Gardabaer preview - Deila aiming high for Celtic

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PA

Ronny Deila has targeted the "tough goals" of a domestic clean sweep and Champions League qualification for Celtic this season. The Norwegian took over from Neil Lennon last summer and won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup double but only after failing twice to reach the group stages of European club football's elite competition. Celtic were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Wa...Full Story »

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