Celtic beat Sarajevo 3-1 away in the opening leg of their Champions League first round qualifier.
Neil Lennon’s side face a long road to the group stages but got their European campaign off to a good start with a hard-fought victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital on Tuesday.
They had to come from behind, Mirko Oremus putting Sarajevo in front from a poorly defended set piece, with Michael Johnston heavily involved in Celtic’s comeback.
The 20-year-old attacker got the Scottish champions back on level terms with an excellent solo goal before setting up Odsonne Edouard, with Scott Sinclair adding a late third.
Celtic dominated the opening exchanges but the hosts took the lead in the 29th minute. Scott Brown was unable to clear a left-wing corner whipped into the box and Oremus pounced to slam his finish past goalkeeper Scott Bain.
A fantastic performance from the Bhoys to earn victory here in Sarajevo.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 9, 2019
Celtic hit back within six minutes, Johnston evading the attention of three defenders before smashing home a superb 25-yard finish.
And they went 2-1 ahead six minutes into the second half, netting another vital away goal in the tie.
A clever team move saw the ball worked to Johnston and he slipped a pass into the path of Edouard, the striker doing the rest with a simple finish.
Sarajevo battled bravely but could not find a way to beat Bain for a second time, with Lennon’s men then taking full control of the tie thanks to a third goal in the 85th minute.
Sinclair had not long been sent on as a substitute but a clever backheeled finish past Vladan Kovacevic left Sarajevo with a mountain to climb ahead of next week’s return in Glasgow.
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