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Bayern Munich seal UCL knockout spot with Celtic win

Tierney said of Rodgers ‘I’ve a lot to thank him for Tierney said of Rodgers ‘I’ve a lot to thank him for’ANDREW MILLIGAN PA
Cris De Lacerda | 01 Noviembre, 2017, 17:56

Roared on by a noisy home support, Celtic started brightly and were less wasteful in possession than they had been on their visit to Munich a fortnight ago.

Celtic were playing well and looking a threat but not getting the rub of the green against a Bayern side that was terrific on the ball but not having things all their own way.

Isle of Man-born Tierney has insisted that he is in no rush to leave Celtic Park, with the player happy to continue his development under former Liverpool manager Rodgers. James Forrest found space on the right wing, and his great cross should have been turned in by Armstrong, but he mishit it and the ball went wide.

"Bayern are a quality team, but we are disappointed with the goals and you get punished at this level".

The Polish striker missed just one Champions League game last season - the crucial quarter-final home tie against Real Madrid where Bayern lost 2-1 before being eliminated following a 4-2 extra-time defeat in Madrid.

The in-demand pair have attracted a wide range of interest from a host of Premier League clubs. His precise delivery for Martinez's header was perfect - unlike many of his errant crosses on the night.

And that clearly caught on with the German's Twitter acount as they joined in on the trend prior to last night's match.

Yet it was enough to lift the crowd, with Bayern not really threatening Craig Gordon.

Rodgers used the Scottish Premiership fixture as a chance to rest some of his key men ahead of the visit from Bayern, with Scott Brown, Dedryck Boyata and James Forrest sitting out, while Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong all had a limited afternoon from the Celtic substitutes bench.

Celtic didn't let this affect them for long and Armstrong nearly made amends for his earlier miss as he played a tantalising ball across goal for Dembele, only for David Alaba to clear the danger. The rehabilitation of Dembele, right, as a potential £40m player will require more than what he was able to produce for the occasion.

Celtic kept up the pressure.

"I've worked with who I consider to be the two best full-backs in Britain - Danny Rose at Watford and Ryan Bertrand at Chelsea".

Now, Roberts may struggle to retain his place in the side as Forrest looks to prove why he deserves to start.

It might be worth testing Celtic's resolve.