Celtic stun Shakhter in stoppage time to advance to Champions League group stage


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.


Watching your club win a title is always memorable. One lucky fan in particular this week will remember it for very special reasons though.

Celtic may have won the Scottish Premier League as far back as mid-April, but yesterday’s 4-0 home win over rivals St Johnstone signed off their final home game in style.

The Scottish club, who claimed their 44th division title with ease last month, were finally able to parade their medals and the famous trophy at their Celtic Park ground after the game.

The biggest story was still to come however. Manager Neil Lennon, who has been linked with the soon-to-be-vacated manager’s job, cherished the title victory but handed his medal to a lucky young Celtic fan in the crowd.

Watch the video to see just how gobsmacked the little girl is. Brilliant!