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Summary

  1. McGregor volleys winner in off crossbar following sub Musonda's pass
  2. Scottish champions win first non-qualifier at home in Europe since 2014
  3. Sides meet again in Russia next Thursday
  4. Alex McLeish to return as Scotland manager

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

FT: Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

That's all folks.Celtic turned in an impressive display to dominate an expensively assembled Zenit side for long spells. Can they complete the job next week? A 1-0 lead is pretty handy in Europe.

Make sure you join us for that one. Good night.

Celtic take a 1-0 lead to Russia next week
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Celtic take a 1-0 lead to Russia next week

'We've given ourselves a great opportunity'

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More from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers: "We've given ourselves an advantage and a clean sheet is important. The team concentrated and organised very well and that's important going into a second leg. We know we can score goals and they probably need to come out a little bit more now to chase the game.

"It's going to be tough but we've given ourselves a great opportunity."

Set up nicely for second leg

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We don't have long to wait for the return fixture. Celtic go to Russia next Thursday in a game that kicks off at 18:00 GMT. We'll be all over that one, with more radio and text coverage.

Rodgers hails 'fantastic goal'

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "Very good victory for us. I thought the performance was outstanding. We're playing against a top side, I think everyone recognises that. For large parts of the game we controlled it. Tactically, we were excellent.

"With the ball I was really pleased with our personality in the game - control and calmness. We played with great maturity tonight.

"Capped it off at the end with a fantastic goal. It was a great piece of skill by young Charly [Musonda] and then an absolutely brilliant finish by Callum [McGregor]. The technique is sensational.

"It was no more than we deserved. Right through the team, from the goalkeeper to Moussa [Dembele], absolutely outstanding. We played with a lot of young players but they are clearly developing."

Musonda magic makes the difference

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Charly Musonda has a lot of learning still to do and he will improve. He came on and did what Brendan Rodgers brought him here to do, with that little bit of skill to create the goal. It's probably worth what they are paying him.

Charly Musonda celebrates with Celtic captain Scott Brown
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Charly Musonda gets a full-time handshake from Celtic captain Scott Brown

Long overdue home win

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The victory was Celtic's first win at home in 12 European matches outside the qualifying phase.

That's maybe a harsh stat since the qualifiers do come with huge pressure and the calibre of teams in the latter stages is pretty high.

'Celtic locked Zenit in'

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Scott McDonald

Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

Zenit had no answer to Brendan Rodgers' shape. Celtic really locked them in. In these big games you need people around your number nine and Callum McGregor did a great job of getting close to Moussa Dembele

McGregor revels in 'massive' victory

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Celtic goalscorer Callum McGregor on BT Sport: "I was just trying to get it under control as quickly as possible and get a shot away. Thankfully, it goes in. It's a massive win for us."

He's being very modest there. He had to jump to cushion the ball on his chest and then thundered home an unstoppable strike.

'Mature' Celtic please Rodgers

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on BT Sport: "A pretty mature performance from ourselves.

"Very proud of the team but we're only halfway there.

"It's very important that you defend well in any game. Defensively, we were very strong tonight.

"Charly's a dribbler. He was very good when he came on. It was a team performance."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers salutes the crowd at full-time
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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers salutes the crowd at full-time

Praise for goalkeeper on quiet night

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Scott McDonald

Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

Dorus de Vries made a great save after Ntcham put that chance past the post. The goalkeeper has had a bit of criticism but he was excellent. He didn't have much to do but he came, he held and his distribution was good

'Great team effort from Celtic'

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Zenit may have been lacking a bit of fitness but take nothing away from Celtic. Every single player did their job properly. There were none of the mistakes we have seen in the past. The could maybe have scored a goal or two more with a bit of luck.

'Just reward for positive Celtic'

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Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

Celtic’s performance tonight has been rewarded. They were positive throughout and rarely looked threatened.

Charly Musonda showed his ability, that moment of genuine quality that unlocked this game and Brendan Rodgers must take credit for pushing on for that goal. The substitute's cross was weighted perfectly allowing the excellent Callum McGregor the time to execute a wonderful finish.

Rodgers’ side came into this as underdogs. They leave this first leg with genuine hope that they can reach the last 16.

FULL-TIME Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Clean sheet and a lead. Job done.

Callum McGregor scores
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Callum McGregor's strike proved to be the winner

Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Odsonne Edouard cuts in from the left and gets past his man inside the box but the referee blows for a Zenit foul as the pair end up in a heap.

Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

We'll get two additional minutes of stoppage time.

Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

No sign of Zenit pushing for an equaliser.

Flurry of yellows, Edouard on for Celtic

Celtic 1-0 Linfield

Leandro Paredes is booked for a sly kick after a tangle with Celtic skipper Scott Brown.

Moussa Dembele can't go on and he too is shown a yellow card, for time wasting I guess, as he trudges off to be replaced by Odsonne Edouard.

And another booking... Celtic full-back Mikael Lustig for tripping an opponent.

'Celtic need to play with their heads now'

Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Celtic have got to manage the game now, keep their emotions intact and play with their heads and not their hearts. If they make the right decisions at the right time, they’ve got this game won. Celtic have played magnificently, keep it going

Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Charly Musonda has certainly livened things up for Celtic. Now he slides a great ball in behind the Zenit defence but Moussa Dembele doesn't have the energy to hare after it, perhaps signalling that he has picked up a knock.

GOAL Celtic 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Callum McGregor

What a finish!

Charly Musonda picks out Callum McGregor at the back post with a looping cross. The midfielder does so well to control on his chest, then rifles a rising shot across goal and into the opposite top corner.

Callum McGregor scores
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Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

A neat turn from Charly Musonda and then he is brought crashing down to earth by a rash tackle from Igor Smolnikov. The bookings are starting to mount up.

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Eboue Kouassi has been impressive this evening but that's just daft. The midfielder goes into a challenge with two feet off the ground and is promptly booked. He is then withdrawn for Charly Musonda.

Can the on-loan Chelsea midfielder unlock the Zenit defence?

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

The noise level goes up a few decibels as Moussa Dembele goes down at the edge of the box and referee Damir Skomina ignores cries for a free kick. A Zenit defender then inexplicably runs the ball out for a corner but a foul is given for Jozo Simunovic's challenge on the keeper.

'Zenit look ready to accept the draw'

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

Celtic’s threat seems to have dropped a touch, although they remain positive and in control.

Zenit look as though a scoreless draw would do. They are rarely venturing forward, trying to frustrate.

The home side need to take some advantage out of this as it may be a different proposition in St Petersburg.

There have been a number of big performances from the home side to this point, perhaps most surprisingly from Eboue Kouassi, who has made little impact since his arrival at the club from Russia.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
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Can Celtic conjure up a chance for striker Moussa Dembele?

Russian hackers...

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Well, in this case an Italian, as Zenit captain Dominico Criscito is booked for crunching Eboue Kouassi.

Zenit make midfield changes

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

A double change for the visitors. Emiliano Rigoni and Daler Kuzyayev are withdrawn and on come Argentine duo Matías Kranevitter and Sebastian Driussi.

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Eboue Kouassi has a pop from distance and it draws an awkward save from Andrey Lunyov. A defender in blue is first to the loose ball.

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Emiliano Rigoni, joint top-scorer in the tournament, eats up some time by rolling around on the turf following a firm but fair tackle from Jozo Simunovic. Not much sympathy for him from the home fans...

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Olivier Ntcham picks up a yellow card for a late, sliding challenge on Aleksandr Erokhin. No complaints from the Frenchman, who was a youth player at Man City when Zenit boss Bobby Mancini was in charge.

Olivier Ntcham is booked
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Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

The Celtic fans are on their feet as James Forrest picks up a great pass from Olivier Ntcham and ghosts past an opponent in the penalty box but a second defender gets across to make the block.

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

A brilliant switch of play from Kieran Tierney finds Eboue Kouassi breaking down the right but, again, the final ball is found wanting and goalkeeper Andrey Lunyov is out to gather at the feet of Callum McGregor near the penalty spot.

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Olivier Ntcham is putting himself about well, winning balls in midfield and always looking to drive on.

James Forrest, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, is just too strong with a pass to Callum McGregor and a promising move breaks down at the edge of the Zenit box.

KICK-OFF

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Here we go again. Can Celtic find a way through?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers watched his Celtic side dominate for large spells in the first half

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Celtic bossing the ball but only one shot on target... More chances will come if the Scottish champions continue to play with the same verve after the interval.

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Kuzyayev lucky not to see red?

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The visitors might be a shade lucky to still have 11 men. Daler Kuzyayev was the only player booked in the first half after giving referee Damir Skomina an earful. Soon after, he dragged down Callum McGregor right in front of the ref, who chose to keep his card in his pocket.

Get involved

HT: Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

John Davie: Enjoyed that half, well played @Celtic... good to see positive football.

Mary Mccluskey: Typical bbc sloppy zenit not celtic better team.

'Celtic more than a match for Zenit'

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Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

It has been Celtic’s best performance in Europe perhaps since the 3-3 draw here against Manchester City last season.

It is very encouraging and the players must now believe that they are more than a match for Zenit, despite apparently being underdogs.

A sustained second half performance to this standard will surely bring at least one goal.

HALF-TIME Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

It's been all Celtic. Well, not quite. For all of the home side's pressure, the best chance fell to Zenit, when Dorus de Vries had to make a good block to deny Anton Zabolotny from close range.

'Celtic doing everything but scoring'

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Apart from putting the ball in the back of the net, everything has gone right for Celtic, their touch, their movement. And young McGregor has been excellent

Celtic 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg

A brief break in play as Celtic captain Scott Brown is taken out off the ball. The tempo has just dipped a bit as we approach half time.