Early Sarajevo goal kick started Celtic into action

Celtic captain Scott Brown has admitted that the early goal they conceded to Sarajevo on Tuesday night, gave them the kick start they needed to go on and win the tie.

The Scottish champions went a goal behind on the half hour mark when Mirko Oremus latched onto some poor defending from a corner, and while Sarajevo took a boost from going one up, the goal sparked Celtic into life and just six minutes later they were level through 20-year-old Mikey Johnstone scoring his first European goal from all of 25 yards out.

Celtic went into the lead thanks to a cool finish from striker Odsonne Edouard on 51 minutes, before substitute Scott Sinclair cheekily backheeled home a third.

Speaking after the match, Brown said: “We didn’t move the ball as well as we should have done in the first 15 to 20 minutes. Their goal was a little kick up the butt that we probably needed.

“We went on to dominate possession but the main thing was we got some goals, we got 90 minutes under our belts and we are looking forward to the next leg. It was a good first game.

“The pitch was tough, it chopped up in places. They made it difficult, they sat behind the ball and played very direct, but overall we showed our qualities and in the final third especially.

“We went there for a victory and we managed to do that. Getting to the Champions League is our main aim, the manager wants it, the players want it and the fans deserve it. We didn’t have Champions League last year so we need to make sure we have it this year.”

The scoreline makes the return leg at Celtic Park almost a formality, barring a complete capitulation.