Celtic 4-0 Linfield (6-0 on agg): Brendan Rodgers' side advance

Celtic have advanced to the next round of Champions League qualifying after a comfortable victory over Linfield.

Scott Sinclair wheels away after giving Celtic the early lead. Picture: SNS
Scott Sinclair wheels away after giving Celtic the early lead. Picture: SNS

Any hopes the Northern Irish side may have had of performing a miraculous turnaround were extinguished within three minutes as Scott Sinclair gave the hosts the lead.

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Celtic battered the away goal for the remainder of the first half but couldn’t find a way through. However, just two minutes into the second half they finally found their second as Tom Rogic drilled a low effort from distance past Roy Carroll.

Sinclair then found his second after running on to a loose ball inside the penalty area.

The scoring was completed in injury-time after substitute Stuart Armstrong lashed home a first-time finish following some excellent play from Rogic.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will face Rosenborg in the next round after the Norwegians defeated League of Ireland champions Dundalk.

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