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Summary

  1. Logvinenko free header from corner
  2. Griffiths levels with a firm strike
  3. Celtic XI: Gordon, Lustig, Ambrose, O'Connell, Tierney, Roberts, McGregor, Brown, Armstrong, Dembele, Griffiths
  4. Defenders Toure, Ajer, Boyata, Simunovic & Sviatchenko missing
  5. Celtic not reached group stages since 2013

Live Reporting

By Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

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Celtic in good shape

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Well they rode their luck at times but Celtic come away from Kazakhstan with a very credible 1-1 draw, which sets them up nicely for the second leg at Celtic Park next Wednesday. Astana passed up plenty of chances and Brendan Rodgers knows they are more than capable of scoring at Parkhead next week, but the Celtic boss is pleased with what he called "an outstanding result" today. Celtic may well be able to call on new signing Kolo Toure for the second leg, though 20-year-old Eoghan O'Connell did not look out of place playing at the back in Kazakhstan.

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Craig Gordon and Leigh Griffiths
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Can Celtic complete the job in Glasgow next week?

'Roberts was brilliant'

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“I thought young Patrick Roberts was outstanding this evening. On a really difficult pitch he showed his level of technique is high quality. He was brilliant in the duel and for a young player he couldn’t have asked for a better experience than that this evening."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

@BBCAndyBurke Astana are mid season, we travelled 6000 miles to play on a plastic pitch with makeshift central defence so no complaints.

@BBCSportScot @BBCAndyBurke - confidence high and Celtic park will be jumping.... COYBIG🍀

'We were written off'

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"Huge amount of credit to the players. I think we were all written off before the game, everyone pretty clear in their opinion on the game that we would do well to come back with anything other than a loss. We are not getting too carried away. We’ve got another game against a very good side.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Will Celtic finish the job at Parkhead?

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@BBCAndyBurke Yes...caused most problems ourself through slack passing but showed enough to think the job will get done at CP

'An outstanding result'

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“It was an outstanding result for us. We’re disappointed with the goal, it’s nothing new, but I think after that we showed wonderful mentality in the game to keep fighting. Second half we restricted them to not so many clear chances and we end up scoring a fantastic goal. It’s only half-time but it’s a very important result for us.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic players applaud the small band of travelling fans in Astana
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Celtic players applaud the small band of travelling fans in Astana

Celtic are nowhere near good enough to play in the Champions League. It's the Europa League group stages at very best for them @bbcsportscot

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Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

"Moussa Dembele isn't working right now and that's an issue for Brendan Rodgers."

FT: FC Astana 1-1 Celtic

The post-match stats show that Celtic had just one shot on target to Astana's seven, but Leigh Griffiths made that once chance count. 

Astana will be ruing those missed chances but Celtic improved in the latter stages of the match and will be confident of finishing the job at Celtic Park. 

FULL-TIME

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Celtic would have taken that result before kick-off and certainly when they were on the ropes at 1-0 down. Brendan Rodgers will be pleased with the impact of his substitutes, who seemed to bring more solidity to the team. Leigh Griffiths was quiet but when a chance came his way he did what all good strikers do and put it away to give his team a precious away goal. Celtic in a good position going into next Wednesday's second leg.

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It's all kicked off right at the death, and in the course of the melee Scott Brown picks up a booking.

CLOSE!

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What a let-off for Celtic! The free-kick is clipped into the penalty area and Roger Canas has a free header just 6 yards out but loops his effort over the bar.

FC Astana 1-1 Celtic

James Forrest has a glimmer of an opening as he drifts inside off his left flank but his pass to Leigh Griffiths is over-hit and the chance is gone. 

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As we enter five minutes of stoppage time Leigh Griffiths bears down on the Astana penalty area, slips a pass to Patrick Roberts who cuts inside on his left foot but fires his shot wide.

FC Astana 1-1 Celtic

Celtic just two minutes from what would be a superb result given the balance of play over the course of the match. Brendan Rodgers must take credit for his substitutions, with his replacements steadying the ship after some very rocky moments. 

GREAT SAVE!

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Craig Gordon has been a busy man this evening. This time the keeper has to bail out Celtic again as Junior Kabananga races clean through on goal, Gordon staying tall and getting a boot in the way to block the Congo striker's shot.

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Junior Kabananga finds some space to get a shot away from the edge of the box but it's a comfortable save for Craig Gordon.

GOAL Astana 1-1 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths

Patrick Roberts has been the one bright spark for Celtic and it was the English winger who robbed the Astana defender of possession in the box, kept his cool to pick out Griffiths who took one touch and fired home with the left foot from 12 yards. 

Huge goal.

SUBSTITUTION

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Callum McGregor has worked hard but found the going tough this evening. He is replaced by Tom Rogic.

YELLOW CARD

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Leigh Griffiths fouls his marker off the ball and finds himself in the referee's book.

Frustrating for Celtic as the foul came in the middle of a promising attack. Silly foul.

SUBSTITUTION

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James Forrest replaces Stuart Armstrong for Celtic. Forrest scored the goal against Shakhter Karagandy which took the Scottish champions through to the Champions League group stages in 2013. Can he pop up with another crucial strike here?

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Celtic have taken the sting out of the game somewhat and stemmed the Astana tide. Patrick Roberts is beating the first man every time but finds his options limited in terms of team-mates to pass to. 

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Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland at Astana Arena

"Celtic have switched to a 4-3-3 with the introduction of Nir Bitton, with Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney now operating at fullback and Efe Ambrose and Eoghan O'Connell the central pair. Bitton is flanked by Scott Brown and Callum McGregor with Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong on the wings and Leigh Griffiths through the middle. Brendan Rodgers will hope that can stem the tide of attacks from Astana somewhat and help his side create more."

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An Astana free-kick is clipped to the back post, headed across the face of goal but Efe Ambrose is on hand to make a crucial clearance. Celtic deal with the subsequent corner.

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Junior Kabananga has been a livewire for Astana today, but his effort from 25 yards is wild, ending up nearer to the corner flag than Craig Gordon's goal.

SUBSTITUTION

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Moussa Dembele makes way for Nir Bitton. Brendan Rodgers hoping that the Israeli midfielder can get on the ball and bring some composure to Celtic's play. 

Moussa Dembele
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Dembele struggled to make an impact in attack for Celtic

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Efe Ambrose almost silenced his critics with an invaluable away goal, but his header from a Callum McGregor corner is deflected wide. The second corner amounts to nothing.

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The Scottish champions are dicing with death here. Junior Kabananga breaks free down the left for the umpteenth time today and fires a low cross towards Dmitri Shomko but he cannot divert his sliding effort on target.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Abzal Beisebekov is giving Kieran Tierney a bit of a roasting. He skips away from the young full-back once again and squares it for Azat Nurgaliev who sees his shot from the edge of the box bounce off the top of the crossbar. 

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Celtic's recent European record does not inspire confidence of a comeback. They have won just five of their last 18 European matches.

Efe Ambrose concedes a free-kick but the cross is fired way over the crossbar.

CLOSE!

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What is Stuart Armstrong doing? A dreadful pass straight to Patrick Twumasi and the Ghanian pulls the trigger from easily 30 yards out. Craig Gordon can only spill the swerving drive but the ball is cleared to safety.

Another warning shot for Celtic, as if they needed one.

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No changes for either side at the break as Brendan Rodgers sticks with the side he named to start the match. 

Kieran Tierney looks to get things going for Celtic with a strike from 25 yards on the left of the penalty area but he slices it well wide.

KICK-OFF

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Celtic get the second-half underway.

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What did you make of Celtic's first half performance? How can they get back into this match, or at least steady the ship?

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Should Celtic consider changes?

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BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod: "I think Celtic should go to a back four and think about withdrawing one of the strikers and bringing on someone to firm up the midfield. The last thing they need is to lose a second goal."

'1-0 defeat would be a decent result'

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Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland at Astana Arena

"Not a disastrous scoreline for Celtic at the interval but they have fallen out of the game since going behind, while the home side have looked stronger and more confident. If not for Craig Gordon, the Kazakhs would be at least another goal ahead. If Celtic can finish the game with the scoreline as it is, that would be a decent result on the balance of play so far."

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Some folk here condemning us to defeat already! We started well and have been under the kosh since that soft goal, but if we can get to ht with it still at 1-0 and come out fired up for 2nd half like we did the first then we can still turn this round.

James, Manchester

As a Liverpool fan I this sounds very familiar. Attacking flair players used as wing-backs? 352? Hopeless at set - peices? Tons of the ball but going nowhere?

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