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  1. Salzburg win Group D, Celtic also progress
  2. Double from Alan puts Salzburg ahead
  3. Stefan Johansen gets one back for Celtic
  4. Keita scores stoppage time third for visitors
  5. Astra Giurgiu beat Dinamo Zagreb

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By Colin Moffat

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Salzburg celebrate their 3-1 victory at Celtic Park
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Well, that's all from me on a strange old night for Celtic. The hosts were on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat but still progress to the last 32.

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John Guidetti will be eligible for the round of 32, having missed the group stage signing deadline. But is that enough? Do Celtic need to strengthen in January or is just a case of getting the best out of talents already at the club like James Forrest and Kris Commons?

Some of the teams already through as group winners and therefore possible opponents for Celtic: Fiorentina, Everton, Inter Milan, Dinamo Moscow...

"Everything is possible," answers Ronny Deila on Celtic's chances in the knock-out rounds. "If we can handle this team (Salzburg) that is the level we need to be at."

Problem is, they didn't really handle Salzburg at all, did they?

That's Celtic been beaten at home by Legia Warsaw, Maribor and now Salzburg this season.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"We are happy to be going through but we wanted to do it ourselves. We opened the game very poorly but showed courage to come back and I'm proud of the second half; we really put them under pressure. Salzburg has shown themselves a very good team and the best teams are going through."

Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

"Celtic fans won't be going home happy after a 3-1 home defeat but they'll be energised again when the knock-out round comes."

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Stephen Gillespie on Twitter: "People are determined to take nothing but negatives from Celtic's qualification from their Europa League group with a game to spare..."

Andy Porridge on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball 'I think we can reach the final or semi-final' -Denayer. Let's hope so. CFC got a free pass from Astra tonight."

Are Celtic getting any better asks Tom English on BBC Radio Scotland then answers his own question with a firm "no".

So Celtic will be playing Europa League football next year but it's all a bit anti-climatic after the chasing Ronny Deila's side were given in the first half hour.

The 12 group winners along with the four teams dropping out of the Champions League with the best records will be seeded in the round of 32.


Kenny Matthews on BBC Sport Scotland's

Facebook page: "Paid the price for leaving the most creative player on bench until it was too late... Never mind we have qualified."

Celtic have one more match to play in Group D, with a dead-rubber visit to Croatia to take on Dinamo Zagreb on 11 December.


Astra 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb

The Romanian Cup winners leapfrog the Croatians into third place in Group D but cannot catch Celtic.


Celtic 1-3 Salzburg

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

"Celtic's second-half revival fell short, although Salzburg's late third goal wasn't reflective of the balance of play. Celtic will need to improve to go further in the Europa League, but they have at least made the knockout stages despite losing to Salzburg. Much work still to do for the manager Ronny Deila."


Celtic 1-3 Salzburg (Keita)

Salzburg stretch their lead as a low shot from Sabitzer is saved by Craig Gordon's outstretched leg and the ball loops up for Keita to nod into an unguarded net.

We'll get three minutes of stoppage time.

No real cavalry charge from Celtic as the game looks like fizzling out. Salzburg are doing the pressing as the 90-minute mark approaches.

It's still 1-0 to Astra over in Romania, with Dinamo Zagreb needing a win to have any chance of catching Celtic. We're into the final five minutes at Celtic Park as the hosts seek to preserve their unbeaten record in the group.

Lovely interchange between Emilio Izaguirre and Stefan Johansen as the Celtic left-back runs on to a cute back-heel but the shot from a tight-ish angle is too high.

Kris Commons has a swipe at goal
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Celtic have been much improved in the second half. Can they find another goal for a second 2-2 draw against Salzburg in this campaign?

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

"Celtic have been much more threatening and self-assured, and the substitutions have all been bold, with Forrest, Commons and Tonev all coming on. Salzburg are no longer in command, but carry a threat of their own. Much still to play for in the final quarter at Celtic Park."

Emilio Izaguirre is at it again, powering along the byline before cutting the ball back for Leigh Griffiths. Perhaps still thinking of that save, the striker misses his shot altogether, with the ball going through his legs.


Must be! No! Emilio Izaguirre whips in a wonderful cross and Leigh Griifths rises at the back post to connect well with a header. However, keeper Gulacsi is able to bat it away.


Last throw of the dice for Celtic boss Ronny Deila, with Aleks Tonev on for Charlie Mulgrew. We have 15 minutes remaining at Celtic Park.

Leigh Griffiths gets his first glimpse of goal as the ball drops to him on the edge of the penalty area. The Celtic striker takes aim for the far top corner but slips slightly and his shot flies well wide of the target.

Close to a hat-trick for Alan as the Salzburg striker slides after a great ball across goal from Jonathan Soriano.

Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

EthuCrorie on Twitter: "Deila may have his faults but the squad he has to work with is pretty poor. Nobody in squad will be subject to a 10m bid! #bbcscotfootball"

David Anderson on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball don't know if Celtic are that bad or Salzburg are that good.. Either way I think we realise Celtic Park isn't what it was."

A deep free kick from Charlie Mulgrew is nodded back into the mixer at the back post. Efe Ambrose and Kris Commons both go for overhead kicks and both men swipe at fresh air.


Kris Commons and James Forrest are on, with Anthony Stokes and Callum McGregor making way.

Another couple of corner for Celtic and groans greet the second attempt from Anthony Stokes as a scuffed affair fails to beat the first man. Ronny Deila has the subs getting stripped.


David Donnachie on

Facebook: "You always suspect that Celtic are a goal away from totally capitulating. As a team they seem mentally fragile."

James Gray Dewar: "Getting a bit feed up listening to the nay sayers. This was always going to be a tough year for a manager new at this level, in a new country, new football culture and the expectation placed on him. Give the guy a break, he will figure it out and the players will eventually."

The first glimmer of good play from the visitors in the second half as Alan and Jonathan Soriano link well before the latter drags a shot wide from 18 yards.

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

"Some Celtic fans have been calling for James Forrest to be brought on. The team has been more composed since the interval, and Salzburg are having to defend, but the home side has lacked a cutting edge. They will, though, be heartened by the fact that with Astra leading against Dinamo Zagreb, Celtic will still qualify as the scores currently stand."

Charlie Mulgrew is in a spot of bother after taking a knee to the ribs. The Celtic midfielder is grimacing but soldiering on...

That's another corner for Celtic, this one earned by Callum McGregor, who is playing much wider since the interval. The big men are up from the back but, again, have to trot away again as Salzburg clear.


Astra 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Bukari)

Good news for Celtic fans. The Romanian side are ahead and that may just kill off any chance of Dinamo Zagreb catching the Scottish champions.

Another corner for the hosts as Leigh Griffiths bustles away on the left. Salzburg deal with this one without too much fuss.

A couple of corners for Celtic and the second effort from Anthony Stokes crashes off the top of the crossbar before bouncing out of play.


Seb Leonard on BBC Sport Scotland's

Facebook page: "Many fans seem to question Deila's ability as a manager despite being top of the league, still in both domestic cups and currently second and on the verge of qualifying for the last 32 of the Europa League... We need to respect that."


We're up and running again. Rather surprisingly, it's as you were from Celtic. No substitutions from either side...

Celtic trail 2-1
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Celtic have it all to do in the second half. The fans are doing their bit with a rousing version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."