moved to within a point of reaching the knock-out stages with an efficient victory over Rosenborg in Trondheim.

Scott Sinclair headed home the only goal from a sumptuous cross three minutes before half-time.

With RB Salzburg beating to qualify as group winners, have their destiny in their own hands.

They need a point against the Austrians in their final group game on 13 December to guarantee qualification.

Leipzig – who finish at home to Rosenborg – remain in contention for second spot, but will fancy their chances of progress after their first away win – at the 17th attempt – since the competition was rebranded in 2009-10.

Their sixth victory from seven matches – the other a draw – since losing 2-0 to Leipzig on 25 October gave their swelling confidence a further boost leading into Sunday’s League Cup final against Aberdeen at Hampden.

One concern saw right-back Mikael Lustig forced off in discomfort with a thigh issue, although his removal appeared more of a precaution with Sunday in mind, while captain Scott Brown made his return as a substitute for the final 14 minutes.

Rogic return sparks

, returning to the side in place of the benched Olivier Ntcham, looked keen to pick up where he left off before the international break.

The n midfielder tired late on but was a prominent figure in a first half-hour which saw the visitors dominate possession but initially fail to make their ascendancy count.

Rogic thumped an effort over before picking up a loose pass, driving into the Rosenborg box and threading a pass through for Odsonne Edouard, but the French striker was a little slow to react as the hosts cleared the danger.

The half-chances continued to flow. ’s snap-shot was deflected wide, Rogic had another shot blocked; Forrest couldn’t quite get control of a pin-point cross from Christie.

Rogic then brought an excellent save from Anders Hansen as the Rosenborg keeper got down well to save his low shot.

When the breakthrough arrived, it came in style.

The in-form Forrest turned Tore Reginiussen on the right flank and stood up a lovely cross to the far post, where Sinclair headed home emphatically.

Rosenborg, in front of a sparse crowd inside the Lerkendal Stadium, threatened only sporadically as they slumped to a fifth group defeat out of five.

Yann-Erik de Lanlay dispossessed Sinclair on the right flank and steered a powerful cross across the face of the box that eluded Nicklas Bendtner, the former striker playing despite having a 50-day jail term hanging over his head after dropping his appeal against the assault of a taxi driver.

were also grateful for the intervention of Filip Benkovic in the early moments of the second half, the Croat centre-back reacting quickest to a dangerous cross from Birger Meling.

But while the hosts made it more of an even contest after the interval, the visitors saw out the game in reasonable comfort.

They might have had more goals – Edouard’s close-range effort diverted wide before he made way for , who let fly with a dipping shot in stoppage time.

But one ultimately proved enough, setting up an enticing group finale at in a fortnight.

Graphic of Celtic's group



  • 1Hansen
  • 2Hedenstad
  • 16Hovland
  • 4Reginiussen
  • 3Meling
  • 7Jensen
  • 8KonradsenBooked at 37minsSubstituted forDenicat 45+1′minutesBooked at 49mins
  • 15TrondsenSubstituted forVilhjálmssonat 66′minutes
  • 11de Lanlay
  • 9Bendtner
  • 28AdegbenroSubstituted forLeviat 78′minutes


  • 5Denic
  • 10Vilhjálmsson
  • 14Søderlund
  • 17Levi
  • 21Dahl Reitan
  • 24Østbø
  • 26Serbecic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigSubstituted forGamboaat 66′minutes
  • 20Boyata
  • 32Benkovic
  • 63Tierney
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forBrownat 77′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 18Rogic
  • 11Sinclair
  • 17Christie
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forGriffithsat 66′minutes


  • 4Hendry
  • 8Brown
  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 15Hayes
  • 21Ntcham
  • 29Bain
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Match Stats

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Match ends, Rosenborg 0, 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rosenborg 0, 1.

Corner, Rosenborg. Conceded by Tomas Rogic.

Callum McGregor () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthías Vilhjálmsson (Rosenborg).

Offside, Rosenborg. Djordje Denic tries a through ball, but Yann-Erik de Lanlay is caught offside.

Offside, Rosenborg. Matthías Vilhjálmsson tries a through ball, but Tore Reginiussen is caught offside.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata ().

Matthías Vilhjálmsson (Rosenborg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Birger Meling (Rosenborg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cristian Gamboa () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthías Vilhjálmsson (Rosenborg).

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor () left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.


Substitution, Rosenborg. Jonathan Levi replaces Samuel Adegbenro.

Scott Sinclair () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vegar Hedenstad (Rosenborg).

Attempt missed. Samuel Adegbenro (Rosenborg) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mike Jensen with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tore Reginiussen (Rosenborg) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Djordje Denic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rosenborg. Conceded by Filip Benkovic.

Attempt blocked. Mike Jensen (Rosenborg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matthías Vilhjálmsson (Rosenborg) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicklas Bendtner with a cross.

Foul by Tomas Rogic ().

Matthías Vilhjálmsson (Rosenborg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mike Jensen (Rosenborg).

Foul by Callum McGregor ().

Matthías Vilhjálmsson (Rosenborg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Birger Meling (Rosenborg) because of an injury.


Substitution, . Cristian Gamboa replaces Mikael Lustig.


Substitution, Rosenborg. Matthías Vilhjálmsson replaces Anders Trondsen.

Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard () right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

Foul by Kieran Tierney ().

Yann-Erik de Lanlay (Rosenborg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kieran Tierney () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Djordje Denic (Rosenborg).



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