Celtic 0-0 Rosenberg
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic failed to score in their qualifying match for the Champions’ League in Parkhead tonight, where they were held to a scoreless draw by Norwegian side, Rosenberg.
Despite having the lion’s share of possession and more shots on target, Celtic couldn’t break down the away side and will now have to score in Norway in order to advance to the next round of the tournament. In truth, they were lucky to escape with a clean sheet and have Craig Gordon to thank for a fine save and Niklas Bendtner for some wayward shooting.
With injuries to Mousa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths, Celtic were short on attacking options, which will highlight the need for backup in the final third of the field, especially with reports linking Dembele with a move away from Glasgow. It was James Forrest who seemed to be the most potent attacking threat offered by Rodgers’ men but even he could not unlock the Norwegian defence.
Fans were dismayed by the fact that midfielder, Tom Rogic seemed to be a focal point of the Celtic attack. James Forrest had the best effort of the second half for the hoops when he dragged a shot just wide of the ‘keeper’s post.
Former Arsenal man, Nicklas Bendtner almost broke Celtic’s hearts but in the end, nearly broke the hallowed turf of Celtic Park, with an outrageous miskick, which was reminiscent of his days as a Gunner, south of the border.
In the end, it was a draw for the Bhoys, who were red hot favourites for the tie. Now they will have to travel to Norway and hope that they can put the ball in the back of the net. Twitter reaction, was, as expected, fairly harsh, with some suggesting that it was the worst performance of Rodgers’ reign.
It did however, highlight the necessity for another striker at the club, as it was clear that playing without a recognised striker really hindered Celtic’s game plan tonight. Rodgers has a few weeks left to do a deal and hope that they can keep hold of Dembele.
A dour affair in Glasgow, but Champions’ League hopes remain alive and if the Bhoys can get a win in Norway, few will remember this scoreless draw.
Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Armstrong, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair.
Subs: De Vries, Hayes, Benyu, McGregor, Ralston, Kouassi, Bitton