Odsonne Edouard grabbed himself a pleasant double as Celtic got here from behind to beat Rosenborg 3-1 within the first leg of their Champions League second spherical qualifier at Parkhead.
The Norwegian champions, who controversially sacked their supervisor Kare Ingebrigtsen final week and changed him with academy director Rini Coolen as interim boss, took the lead within the 15th minute by way of defender Birger Meling.
Nevertheless, Brendan Rodgers’ aspect confirmed their mettle and objectives from striker Edouard and fellow Frenchman Olivier Ntcham both aspect of the break put the house aspect in entrance.
Edouard, purchased for a reported club-record charge of £9million from Paris St Germain in the summertime after a mortgage spell final season, stretched that lead with one other well-taken objective within the 75th minute to provide the Hoops a good benefit to take to Norway subsequent week.
The 2 sides met within the penultimate qualifier final season with James Forrest scoring the one objective of the tie within the return recreation in Trondheim and on the proof of the primary leg, the Scottish champions will fancy their probabilities of a repeat end result.
There was tinkering to be finished by Rodgers and Costa Rica’s World Cup right-back Cristian Gamboa got here in as substitute for suspended Jozo Simunovic whereas Scott Sinclair changed Moussa Dembele who was dominated out of each legs with one other hamstring grievance.
The guests appeared targeted and within the second minute, following an effort from Sinclair which cleared the bar, a shot from Pal Andre Helland slipped previous Celtic keeper Craig Gordon’s left-hand publish and the tie took a twist when Rosenborg capitalised on a mistake by Jack Hendry to take the lead.
The centre-back superior up the park solely to see his sq. move intercepted by skipper Mike Jensen who set Helland away and when he moved it on to Nicklas Bendtner his perfectly-weighted move was guided low previous Gordon by the incoming Meling from 14 yards.
Celtic responded shortly and impressively.
Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer skimmed a header from a nook previous the far publish earlier than Andre Hansen made a good save from Callum McGregor’s drive from 16 yards.
Within the 34th minute, amid rising Celtic nervousness, a penalty declare when right-back Vegar Hedenstad clashed with Parkhead midfielder Ntcham within the field was ignored by Belgian referee Bert Vertenten.
Nevertheless, within the 43rd minute the temper inside Parkhead modified when Edouard managed a Sinclair cut-back and stroked it previous Hansen from eight yards and inside a minute of the restart Ntcham took a move from McGregor and curled the ball excessive into the web from exterior the field to have the Hoops followers again on their ft.
Rosenborg had been clearly rattled.
A curling shot from McGregor caught out Hansen however rebounded off the publish earlier than Edouard got here shut with a free-kick from 20 yards.
The guests had been below siege as Celtic, pressing and energised, piled ahead to extend their lead.
Hansen saved at his close to publish from Sinclair then tipped a long-distance effort from Ntcham on to the bar earlier than it was cleared for a nook which was gathered by the Rosenborg keeper.
A 3rd objective appeared inevitable and it got here when Forrest despatched Edouard racing by way of the center and with supreme confidence he chipped Hansen to provide the house aspect a deserved two-goal cushion, though it might have been three as Hendry’s header from a McGregor free-kick clipped the bar earlier than going over.