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Forrest strike sees Celtic advance in Europe

James Forrest: stunning strike (SNS Group)

Rosenborg 0 Celtic 1
European Champions League third round qualifier

James Forrest’s stunning strike in the second half of this crucial tie saw Celtic take another step towards the Champions League group stages.

Forrest’s 69th minute goal settled matters in Trondheim in what was the biggest challenge for coach Brendan Rodgers team in Europe.

The Scottish champions are now guaranteed European football until Christmas as they would drop into the group stage of the Europa League if they lose their final qualifier.

Rodgers restored Griffiths to the bench, handing Forrest the responsibility of leading the attack and the striker rewarded his faith with the vital away goal.

Griffiths came on for Jonny Hayes who was making his first start for the club.

Erik Sviatchenko was preferred in central defence to Kristoffer Ajer though he was withdrawn through injury with less than half an hour played to be replaced by Israeli international midfielder Nir Bitton.

Celtic will face Astana, Qarabag, Rijeka, Hapoel Beer Sheva or Slavia Prague in the play-off round.

CELTIC: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko (Bitton 25), Tierney; Brown, Armstrong (Rogic 70), McGregor; Hayes (Griffiths 57), Forrest, Sinclair. Subs not used: De Vries, Gamboa, Ntcham, Kouassi

Football’s pay structure has come under renewed scrutiny after Brazil forward Neymar signed for Paris St-Germain in a deal that will earn him €865,000 (£775,477) a week when he completes his move from Barcelona .

The 25-year-old’s €45m salary breaks all previous records. The French club’s Qatari owner will pay £400m over a five-year deal.

Neymar is already among the super-rich via sponsors who include global brands such as Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre, earning $22m (£16.6m) on top of his current $15m (£11.3m) salary.

His PSG deal sees him overtake former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who signed a new deal worth a reported £500,000 a week and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo who earns £365,000 a week.

He will also steal the crown of Carlos Tevex who is currently the highest paid player earning £615,000 a week at Shanghai Shenhua.


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