Arda Turan gave Barcelona the lead in their International Champions Cup contest against Celtic.
The midfielder produced a gorgeous finish from outside the area following a neat piece of skill from Aleix Vidal on the right wing.
Much has been made of Turan’s future at the Camp Nou, with reports claiming Luis Enrique is keen to push him out of the club. After watching his first-half strike, however, the Barcelona boss might be reconsidering.
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The Spanish champions are, of course, gearing up for another season that will see them compete for three major trophies.
And Enrique isn’t taking Celtic lightly, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in his starting line-up.
That said, it was nearly their Scottish opponents who took the lead inside 12 seconds, Patrick Roberts cutting in from the right before unleashing a shot that flew wide of the goal.
But Barca took the lead in the 11th minute when Vidal nutmegged the defender before teeing up Vidal, who smashed the ball home.
Check out the goal below.
Doubts that Turan and Enrique’s relationship has deteriorated were put to bed yesterday when the pair were stabbed laughing together during a training session.
The Turk endured a tricky debut campaign in Catalonia following his move from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015 but figures to play an important role in the upcoming season.
The signing of Andre Gomes from Valencia provides more competition in Barcelona’s midfield, mind.
Barcelona warmed up for the game against Celtic in truly fascinating style, playing a game of zorb football at England’s St. George’s Park base.
Leigh Griffiths equalised for Barcelona following a piece of horrific defending, before Efe Ambrose restored Barca's lead with an own goal.
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