Brendan Rodgers side were well beaten on the night, losing 2-0 to goals from Ben Sahar and Ovidiu Hoban, but made it through 5-4 on aggregate thanks to a terrific first leg showing that had very little in common with what was offered up in Israel.
The visitors thought they’d survived their early scare when Maharan Radi had his 15th minute penalty saved by Craig Gordon. However, it would take the home side only six extra minutes in which to open the scoring.
Radi swung in the corner from which Sahar powered towards goal. Kieran Tierney retreated to the line in an attempt to block, only to redirect the ball off the back of Gordon and into the net.
Celtic survived a spell of pressure from the hosts and seemed to be better equipped to deal with their threat as the sides went in at the half.
Such a feeling of security lasted only three minutes into the second period. Ben Bitton’s cross was initially claimed by Gordon, but when the keeper collided with defender Saidy Janko the ball popped loose, allowing Hoban to tap home.
Beer-Sheva continued to press Celtic for the remainder of the half, desperate for a third goal that would see them through to the Champions League for the first time in their history. But Celtic, despite facing wave after wave of attack, bravely held on.