Celtic newbies seize the day in friendly win

CELTIC defeated Trabzonspor 3-1 on their warm-weather training stint in Turkey.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
Neil Lennon salutes his players after a deserved 3-1 victory
Neil Lennon salutes his players after a deserved 3-1 victory

Hoops manager Neil Lennon took the chance to field several players who had not been getting a regular game in Antalya last night.

Lukasz Zaluska started in goals while Nir Biton, Derk Boerrigter, Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde also came into the side.

And the SPFL champions strolled to a fairly comfortable victory in the Turkish Airlines Antalya Winter Cup.

Finnish striker Pukki put the Glasgow club ahead in the Antalya Akdeniz University Stadium on the half hour mark.

He rifled in a powerful shot beyond rival goalkeeper Zeki Ayvaz from 18 yards out.

And former Hibernian defender Sol Bamba put the visitors further in front shortly after that when he turned in an Emilio Izaguirre cross into his own net.

Emre Gural pulled one back for the home team shortly before half-time to give them hope of salvaging a result.

But Balde put the result beyond doubt in the 57th minute with the best goal of the game.

The Portuguese international beat Fatih Ozturk, who had replaced Ayvaz at half-time, from 20 yards.

Youngsters Darnell Fisher and Joe Chalmers both came on in the second half of the match.

Meanwhile, Norwegian club Stromsgodset have confirmed Celtic are interested in their midfielder star Stefan Johansen.

The 23-year-old, considered one of his country's top young players, is valued at around the £2million mark.

However, agent Tore Pedersen stressed that several clubs were monitoring his five-times capped client's progress at the moment.

He said: "There are several clubs from across Europe that have expressed an interest in Stefan.

"He has one year left on his contract so whether something will happen I can't really comment.

"Stefan is with the national team in Abu Dhabi. I suspect he will be there for a week or so."

Football

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

147863

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
                A weekly round up of social highlights                
                               

A weekly round up of social highlights

                               

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

                               

Why the Harlem Globetrotters weren't so slam dunking and making a boob at Debenhams

               
Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here

Entertainment

Lifestyle

Wedding
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

            Michelle McManus            
                       

Michelle McManus

                       

Sussed in the City

                       

Why women are better at spotting so called 'bluff' when it comes to the independence debate.

           
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.