Brendan Rodgers proud as Celtic rout Astana

LENNON AND RODGERS MOVE FOR 20 YEAR OLD MANCHESTER CITY WINGERS

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LENNON AND RODGERS MOVE FOR 20 YEAR OLD MANCHESTER CITY WINGERS 0

The Aussie had earlier created the opening goal for Celtic just after half an hour by driving into the six-yard box before his cross-shot was diverted into the net by Astana defender Evgeni Postnikov.

Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham and Tom Rogic will play in the centre of midfield, with Scott Sinclair and James Forrest called upon to support lone striker Leigh Griffiths from wide areas.

The Hoops knocked the Kazakhstan outfit out in the third qualifying round last season 3-2 on aggregate and only a remarkable turnaround next Tuesday will see Celtic lose out on the reported £30million-plus riches from Champions League participation. Celtic showed their cutting edge, but they also have the experience and game management to complete their progress into the group stage of the Champions League.

'It was an outstanding team performance with creativity and real structure and organisation. "They managed the game very well", the Celtic manager said.

'We scored five goals and missed one or two chances with that.

Celtic's opponent for this game will be Astana a team from the Kazakhstan Premier League, which should not pose much of a treat.

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Australian midfielder Tom Rogic confidently took a perfectly weighted through ball from Mikel Lustig in his stride before charging down the right wing.

The home side were not to be swayed, though, and when a tackle deep inside Astana's half inadvertently sent the ball beyond the visitors' defence, Sinclair ran through from an offside position and expertly steered the ball beyond goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin.

Forrest added their fourth in the 79th minute with a cool finish after more good play by Griffiths. Celtic were playing high-class football and every time they shot it was a goal.

CSKA Moscow took a slender 1-0 lead back to Russian Federation thanks to a comical own goal by Young Boys' Kasim Adams Nuhu.

Here are all the goals which will allow Brendan Rodgers to plan for another year of elite European competition, even if he's not allowed to say he's doing it yet.

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