Sunday 25 August 2019

Griffiths returns as Celtic ease through

Celtic 2-1 Sarajevo (Celtic win 5-2 on aggregate)

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is substituted onto the pitch. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is substituted onto the pitch. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Leigh Griffiths made his comeback as Celtic eased past Sarajevo in the Champions League qualifiers. The striker came off the bench for the final 12 minutes and was given a huge ovation in his first competitive appearance since December last year, after taking time out of football to deal with personal issues.

There were to be no chances to make it a goalscoring return for the Scotland striker, who came on three minutes after Callum McGregor had fired Celtic back in front.

Ryan Christie had opened the scoring in the 26th minute and the Scottish champions were otherwise comfortable apart from conceding a poor goal to Benjamin Tatar in the 62nd minute,

The victory sets up a second qualifying round clash with Estonian side Nomme Kalju, who visit Parkhead next Wednesday.

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