Somewhere, Rod Stewart is crying tears of joy.
Scottish champions Celtic will embark on yet another Champions League adventure after beating Shakhter Karagandy 3-2 on aggregate, advancing to the group stage in dramatic fashion.
After heading into Wednesday’s return leg down 2-0 to Shakhter, Celtic came back to equalize the tie on goals by Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras. Still level on aggregate heading into stoppage time, with the global exposure and millions of Euros that the Champions League offers on the line, a nervous home crowd longed for a hero. They got one in the form of James Forrest:
Understandably, Forrest’s stoppage-time goal sent Celtic Park into a frenzy. Manager Neil Lennon, well, he could hardly contain himself either:
It’s drama and scenes like this that truly make soccer the best game in the world. Good luck to Celtic in the group stage. As for Shakhter, well, this one’s for the sheep.