Result Sarajevo 3-1 Celtic in UCL 2019
FK Sarajevo vs Celtic FC



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Both clubs will now start to plan for the next leg and also getting ready for their league games to start. 

Thank you and Goodbye!

Tough away leg

FK Sarajevo said they would make it awkward and difficult for Celtic and thats exactly what happened.

They were tough and pretty heavy when going into tackles. 

They got the crucial first goal but they couldn't hold on for long, if they made most of the chances that they created then the game maybe would've went in a different direction.

It has panned out to be a bit more of a relaxed second league but will still be a good watch. 

Wake up call and energy boost from Mikey Johnston

The best player for Celtic was without a doubt Mikey Johnston who was the first to respond after going a goal behind.

He was then taken off due to a knock he picked up in the middle of the park. He was replaced by another energetic young winger, Lewis Morgan. 

A crucial third goal was scored by the experienced Scott Sinclair who showed a glimpse of his younger self with a beautiful back-heel. 



Full Time - A tough start but convincing finish

90+5' A final push for Sarajevo but just like the rest of the game, they haven't made the most of it. 

It rolls out of play and thats the game over. 

90+2' Edouard found himself in a danger position there to completely tie the knot on the fixture. 

He could have squared it to Sinclair but went for glory himself and it was bounced away by Kovacevic.

90' Five minutes have been added on after the four goals and substitutions. 

Will there be any other goals or big chances.

88' A long range effort hits of Ajers foot and plays in Milanovic but he couldn't manage to make anything from it.

They could have got themselves back into the tie there.


84' Magical, Scott Sinclair with a lovely first touch and a showboating finish. 

A fine back-heel that left the keeper rooted to the ground. 

It seems to be that the tie is all over now for FK Sarajevo.

83' There hasn't been much to report from the Bosnian side of things. 

They have tried to latch onto some long balls and play balls deep in behind Celtic's defence. 

Apart from that Celtic look to be sitting in cruise control.

Scott Sinclair for Forrest

80' It looks like a final fresh set of legs for Celtic. 

Sinclair has come on and looks like a new lease of life. 

75' Morgan has been an impressive winger but hasn't been able to threaten the goal in anyway.

At the other end of the park, there was a good claim for a penalty. It looked like a bad challenge but referee was affected by the shouts and calls for the penalty. 

72' A slow few minutes which have saw Celtic just keep possession and pass the ball around. 

It looks like they're trying to preserve energy and only attacking when space opens up.

67' A bit of miss communication from Bitton and Bain as the Bosnians look to attack and Ahmerovic pressures the defender to boot the ball out for a thrown in. 

63' two of Celtics main players, Johnston and Simunovic both taking a knock. 

Lewis Morgan has come on to replace Johnston, he will have big boots to fill after an impressive performance from the youngster.

Simunovic looks to be fine to stay on. 

59' Forrest has won a free kick and Bitton has smacked it into the wall and found itself rolling out for corner. 

The corner never amounted to much and found its way safely into the keepers hand.

57' Bolingoli has took a knock and has been replaced by Jonny Hayes. 

Hopefully, for Celtic and Boli's sake he has been taken off just for precaution. 

54' The free kick took a deflection and Sarajevo won a corner. 

It was crossed in and went straight back out for a goal kick. 

53' Sarajevo have a good chance at pulling one back with a dangerous free kick from about 25 yards out.

GOAL! Celtic FC

51' It has been all Celtic this half so far and they have made it count. 

Edouard with the cool calm finish after a clever faint sending both defenders to the floor, he then slots it past the keeper. 

He's been rather quiet this game but he has done what he does best and came up for Celtic when they needed him.

45' It's looking like a much drier second half and we could potentially see some more free flowing attacking football. 

Second Half

And we are off... 

Sarajevo kick off and get the game underway. 

One's to Watch

Bolingoli has been an exciting attacking threat but has also shown he can put a foot in when needed. 

The two defensive midfielders have done a great job of forcing Celtic out wide and they have playing some very nice long balls that are pushing the hoops defence back.

Half Time: Intense first half

HT: Celtic were caught sleeping a few times in the first and they were eventually punished by a mistake at a corner. Oremus done well to latch onto the ball but there will be questions asked of Edoaurd's commitment to win the ball. 

A fine strike from Johnston rifled its way into the top corner. 

Its been a slippery first half with the mass amounts of rain fall onto the park. It has been difficult for both teams to stay on their feet and has resulted in a few fouls. 

An exciting second half awaits.

39' James Forrest was played through by Edouard after holding the ball up. 

An outside of the boot attempt, which would have been a fantastic goal.

GOAL! Celtic FC

35' Electric Mikey Johnston, a fantastic strike has found the top corner. A sharp turn and hard strike 

He has pulled it back and has been the most impressive player for the Scottish side so far.

30' A free kick was awarded to Celtic but was wasted by Christie who hit it along the ground. 

GOAL! FK Sarajevo

28' A silly corner given away from Simunovic. 

The corner was whipped in and dropped to Oremus, after a deflected header. 

Oremus hammers the dropped ball into the bottom corner past Edouard and Bain. 

26' Both sides have been very physical, but this was expected. 

It has been difficult for anyone to create any solid chances but Sarajevo has been looking the better team.

22' Milanovic with a good bit of skill has won Sarajevo a corner. 

It was whipped in and bounced around quite a bit, with claims of a push. It never amounted to anything but another corner. 

21' Bolingoli has been a pleasure to watch, he has found loads of space and supplies a great cross but no one managed to latch onto it.

17' Celtics first effort at goal has come from Christie who never saw any other options open but the shot was far from the goal.

15' This wet surface is causing a whole host of problems for both side with Christie giving away a foul this time.

14' Not the most impressive start from Celtic but Mikey Johnston has been electric so far and is looking to get on the ball as much as possible. 

If anyone is going to break down this defence, it will be him.

11' As Lennon said, the Bosnian side are finding a lot of joy with their tricky wingers. 

A lobbed ball was played into the Celtic box but was just about headed away by Celtic defence.

9' Lazic lost his footing as he stepped into a tackle with Christie, it looked like a nasty challenge but this wet and slipper surface did not help the Serbian  defender. 

Lazic has now picked up a yellow card.

7' The first clear cut chance, Sarajevo caught the hoops defence sleeping with a long ball. 

They forced Scott Bain to come out and make a crucial save as the attacker attempted to lob the keeper. 

Celtic need to switch on. 

4' FK Sarajevo sitting pretty far back, with all of their men behind the half way line. 

They are pressing Celtic as soon as they get the ball. 

No clear chances as of yet.

1' an attacking and positive start for Celtic as they keep possession and try to get the ball into the box with an attempted cross from Bolingoli, which was blocked from the Sarajevo full-back. 

Kick Off

Celtic attacking from left to right, they start the match with kick off. 

Celtic will respect the champions

Neil Lennon has made it clear that he sees his opponents as a threat. 

"Sarajevo are very good in wide areas, their wingers and full-backs are strong" Lennon told Celtics media team. 

It will be a challenge for new signing Bolingoli as he makes his debut. 

How will FK Sarajevo go about the game?

FK Sarajevo should have a bit of confidence about them after a fantastic season last year, they also have a good fan base at home that will surely make it a bit unsettling for the Celtic players. 

By what the manager has had to say, they wont just sit back and let Celtic attack them. The Bosnians will look to get an early goal and as every commentator says 'the first goal is crucial'. 

Confirmed XI: FK Sarajevo

Youngster Kovacevic will be starting in goal for the Bosnian champions. They look to play a four at the back matching their opponent. Habibovic, Serbecic, Lazic and Hodzic. Both full backs will look to give width and challenge Celtic down the wings. 

With two holding central midfielders, Velkoski and Sabanovic who will look to make it hard for Christie and McGregor to create chances in the middle of the park. 

They have set up an attacking three behind their striker, Oremus, Rahmanovic and Milanovic are the three midfielders who will look to go wide and use their pace agaisnt this make shift Celtic defense. Their striker will be Ahmetovic.

Confirmed XI: Celtic FC

As they're the guests, we will go with Celtic FC first, Scott Bain as always take his place between the sticks. It looks to be a back four consisting of Kristoffer Ajer, Nir Bitton and Jozo Simunovic and  new boy Bolingoli start. Most likely will see Ajer start as right back. 

Brown and McGregor look to be the two anchors in the squad, playing as  holding midfielders.

There will be three fast paced forwards playing in front; Mikey Johnston on the left, James Forrest on the right and Ryan Christie playing in behind the striker. 

Odsonne Edoaurd leads the way after an impressive pre-season. 

Celtic Press Conference in Bosnia

Both Neil Lennon and Scott Brown came out for a press conference when they landed in Bosnia for their first leg against FK Sarajevo. 

Scott Brown had his say on how Sarajevo will play and what their squads strengths are: "They're tall, physical, they’ve got a lot of quality players and wingers that are quite tricky." 

He also addressed how much the players want to play in the Champions league: "The season is getting longer but we want to be in the #UCL. It'll be a tough game but we'll prepare well."

Neil Lennon then came out to give his opinion on the side they will be facing tomorrow: "They're very good in the wide areas and their full backs are strong. As with any tie at this stage, it will be difficult. We'll always give the greatest of respect to FK Sarajevo, we take nothing for granted and prepare for a tough test."

He also confirmed two of the players who have missed out on the trip: "Jack Hendry and Marian Shved didn't travel due to picking up knocks in training yesterday."

Confirmed XI's tomorrow evening Sarajevo vs Celtic FC Live

That is all for todays Pre-match build up. Join us at around 17:30 BST for the confirmed XI's and a breakdown of some of the decisions that have been made. Lewis Mcleod will keep you up-to-date and entertained all through the match. See you tomorrow.

FK Sarajevo are the trickiest team Celtic could have faced at this level.

FK Sarajevo are the toughest team Celtic could have got in their first qualifying match. This team have a lot to play for and want to prove that their is a Bosnian club out there that are more than able to play in the champions league.

They have made a few signings to strengthen their squad and this shows that they aren't just hear for the experience but are looking to make the most of it and really push Celtic . 

Neil Lennon shot at proving he is the right man?

Neil Lennon has give Celtic fans some of their most memorable moments in Europe, For example the night Tony Watt became the most loved man in Glasgow after his winner against FC Barcelona. 

There was a lot of negativity around Celtic and Lennon when he was first announced as the permanent replacement of Rodgers. 

Lennon brings an extra spark and better understanding of European football and this may give Celtic an advantage over their opponents this year in the Champions League. 

No mentions of Ntcham return?

After making a rather old statement during the week, there has been no mention of when or if Olivier Ntcham will return to Celtic. He feels as though he needs a move away from Celtic to develop and feels that SPFL isn't up to the level that he expected it to be. 

He could have been a crucial player for Celtic in Bosnia but looks like he will pushed out of the club as quick as possible. 

This seems to be what both parties are wanting. 

Key battle: Vladan Kovacevic vs Odsonne Edouard

As previously mentioned, Edouard can be a hand full and poses great threat to any goalkeeper and defender but with him just coming back from a well due break and some minutes under his belt in pre-season he will look to be getting back to business. 

Vladan Kovacevic is a young and promising Bosnian goalkeeper, valued at €1 million and is FK's most valuable player. Vladan kept clean sheets in 16 of his 30 matches last year in the Czech league and only conceded 18 goals in the other 14 matches. 

It could be argued that this will be his biggest test and it will be a great experience for such a young goalkeeper (21)  but it will take a lot to keep the Frenchman out especially if he is on-form. 

is Ajer Celtic's MVP?

Celtic's key players will more than likely be Kristopher Ajer, Scott Brown and Odsonne Edouard. 

These three players bring so much to Celtic's side, all of which have great work rates and put themselves about on the pitch and this is exactly what Celtic will need on Tuesday evening. 

Edouard was Celtics top scorer last season and became a fan favourite, if he isn't on top of his game then we could see Celtic struggle to put some opportunities to bed as he is the vocal point of Celtics attack most games. 

Scott Brown has and always will be the rock in their midfield and he will look to be the player that breaks up and stops Sarajevo from playing any sort of nice football. The Scotsman also has an attacking side to his game that will be needed to help Celtic set up counter attacks and could crucial for the hoops as he will allow the likes of Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie to push forward show their flair in attack. 

Ajer had arguably the best season of his career and was one of the best defenders in the SPFL last season. They will look to rely on his composure and confidence defence to hep prevent Sarajevo having any dangerous attacks but he will also be a threat when it comes to set pieces, which Celtic will look to take advantage of. 

Are Celtic ready for a battle?

It has been made clear by FK Sarajevo head coach Husref Musemic that he will be looking to make it as hard as possible for Celtic but he does in fact appreciate and has a fond love for Scottish football. The Bosnian coach spent some time at Hearts back in the late 80's and has told The Herald "Now when I remember my time in Scotland I am very happy that I have spent some time there." 

The Bosnian side has just came from a historical season winning back-to-back domestic trophies for the first time in the clubs history. 

Celtic have made some changes to the squad that was left behind by Brendan Rodgers but in some aspects it has been strengthened. New centre half Christopher Jullien has travelled with the squad but it looks like new signing Bayo and Connell will unfortunately miss out on the important first league. 

Some players will potentially miss the game on Sarajevo's behalf as they actioned a strike over unpaid wages from last season, this could prove to be a huge let down for the team if their better players miss out. 


Previous meetings

This will be the first time both sides will have played against each other and it could prove to be a fiesty first leg. Celtic and their fans have been warned ahead of their travels to Bosnia that Sarajevo's fans can be quite intense and the atmosphere that is created inside Koševo City Stadium is something that not all of those Celtic players will have experienced before. 

How have they been playing lately?

FK Sarajevo have only played two friendlies so far this season, their first came at home against 1.FC Slovacko from Czech Republic in which they lost 2-0. Sarajevo then followed this game up with another loss. They played NK Domžale away from home and narrowly lost 3-2. 

This will not fill the Bosnian side with a lot of confidence going into the first leg. Sarajevo will have the home advantage and will look to make the most of this but all players will need to pull together and work as hard as they can. 

On the other hand, Celtic have played a host of friendlies. They had a pre-season tour of Austria and also played two matches in Switzerland. Celtic won three out of the four matches, starting off with an impress 6-1 win against SC Pinkafeld. Their last match came against St. Gallen who held the Celts to a 0-0 draw, which saw centre half Simunovic being sent off for a high boot challenge. 


Neil Lennon has given everyone a good run out during pre-season and it looks like all players are fit and rearing to go. This will look to be an exciting first leg, out in Bosnia. 

Welcome back to Champions League action!

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's coverage FK Sarajevo vs Celtic FC live blog, this is both teams first competitive match of the season. Sarajevo and Celtic will be looking to get off to a good start and try push for a good Champions League run. The match is set to kick-off at 18:45 BST. We will have all pre-match build up covered by Lewis McLeod and then he will take you through all the action and drama as it unfolds. Stay tuned for more.