Celtic and Brendan Rodgers were celebrating qualifying for the Champions League group stages last night, but their European hopes were left on a knife-edge against Hapoel Beer Sheva after conceding a truly bizarre goal in the second half.
Having won the first leg of their tie 5-2 at Celtic Park, the Scottish champions were in a strong position as they kicked off the second leg on Tuesday evening. Even trailing 1-0 at half time, the Hoops were looking good to progress.
Then Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon and defender Saidy Janko combined to concede a truly calamitous goal that put Hapoel right back into the tie. Scroll down to see the moment Sky Sports described as "the most bizarre, bizarre goal."
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The move started in fairly inconspicuous fashion as a cross into the Celtic penalty area appeared destined for Gordon's hands. With no opponent near him, it looked to have been danger averted for the Glasgow side.
Hapoel striker Ovidiu Hoban was probably more shocked than anyone to see the ball somehow reach him at the back post, and his simple tap in put the Israeli side 2-0 with half an hour still to play.
Ultimately, Brendan Rodgers' side just about managed to hang on and secure their progress into the Champions League group stage.
However, after witnessing that sort of defending from his team, it is perhaps no surprise that the former Liverpool boss described the game as "the longest 90 minutes" of his career.
Gordon and Janko, meanwhile, will just be thankful that their horror moment didn't end Celtic's chances altogether.
The reaction from Sky Sports analyst Alan McInally sums it up perfectly...
With the giants of European football waiting in the next stage, Celtic will know that they can't afford any similar slip-ups if they are to stand a chance of extending their stay in the competition much further.
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