Scottish club Celtic is through to the 2nd stage in champions league qualification, after a 6-0 demolition of Icelandic club KR Reykjavik. The Scottish champions were in red –hot form with goals coming in as early as the 6th minute.
Mohamed Elyounoussi scored the first the opening goal to open the flood gate as the first half ended 3-0 with Adalsteinsson own goal in the 17th minute and Julien wrapping up the first half, with a further three goals coming in the second half of the game. Greg Taylor opened the scoring in the second half, Odsonne Edouard made it five before Elyounoussi scored his second goal in stoppage time.
The Neil Lennon led team had seen their league matches against St Mirren and Aberdeen was cancelled due to Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli spending time with his girlfriend in Spain breaking Covid-19 protocol without informing the team and quarantining after he got back from Spain.
The Left-back was left out of the squad the Champions League qualification as his team overcame the Icelandic club side.
Full back Greg Taylor was the man of the match as he controlled the flank with little defensive duties to do; he helped his team push high up the field, delivering crosses to the attacking players. He also got on the score sheet after scoring his first Celtic goal after getting on the end of Edouard delivery before the same provider smuggled himself through the KR Reykjavik defence before making way for debutant Albian Ajeti.
KR Reykjavik stepped up in the closing stage of the second half as they put the ball in the net but was ruled out and flagged offside.
New club signings Ajeti and Patryk Klimala got some playing time as they got the chance to play with their new teammate. Neil Lennon may be concerned with some occasional defensive loopholes which were evident when KR Reykjavik played long balls into Celtic half.
However, after the game, Neil Lennon said
“Lot of positives sets up nicely for the weekend and the next round. It was a good night’s work. Really important to get 90 minutes into the legs and negotiate the tie. To score six goals and keep a clean sheet is very good, so I am pleased with a lot of that tonight. We look forward to Saturday now.”