Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football Scottish

Celtic have done the hard bit and will finish job in style, says Ajer

By Ronnie Esplin

Defender Kristoffer Ajer is satisfied with the two-goal lead Celtic will take to Trondheim for the Champions League qualifying clash with Rosenborg next Wednesday.

Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers' Scottish champions fell behind after 15 minutes of the first leg of their second round qualifier at Parkhead on Wednesday night when defender Birger Meling raced into the box to convert a Nicklas Bendtner pass.

However, the Hoops fought back with the inspirational help of French duo Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham, whose goals - one from each player just either side of the break - turned the tie back in Celtic's favour.

Parkhead striker Edouard, 20, bought for a club record fee of £9million from Paris St Germain in the summer after a loan spell last season, completed his double in the 75th minute.

The two sides met in the penultimate qualifier last season, with James Forrest scoring the only goal of the tie in the second leg in Trondheim, and Ajer is happy enough with the 3-1 advantage Celtic will have going into the return game this year.

The 20-year-old Norwegian said: "Of course when you play in this competition it is all about getting a result and to score three goals at home is a good result to take away to Trondheim.

"You can see that they can hurt you if we are not 100 per cent at it. We conceded early and then it is difficult to come back but we showed great character to score three fantastic goals.

"Their goalkeeper (Andre Hansen) had a fantastic game.

"We could have scored more but we are happy with three."

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph