Celtic eased into the Champions League play-offs with a 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki in their third qualifier thanks to goals from Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras at the Sonera Stadium.

The Wales international bundled Charlie Mulgrew's cross into the net the 66th minute before Samaras scored five minutes from the end to give the Scottish champions a 4-1 aggregate win and only their second away victory in Europe in 34 attempts.

Midfielder Victor Wanyama was red-carded in the second-half after picking up a second yellow card but that did not take away from the Hoops' win which would could have been more convincing had skipper Scott Brown, who passed a fitness test on his hip complaint before the game, not missed an early sitter before Samaras passed up on a decent chance moments later.

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