Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic are through to the Europa League group stage after a nervy 1-2 loss over in Alkmaar that was still enough to progress after winning 2-0 last week in Glasgow.
It’s not the result Postecoglou will have wanted on the night but his side got the job done in Holland despite looking shaky throughout, the Daily Record reported.
Kyogo Furuhashi’s early opener got the Hoops off to a dream start after just three minutes but that lead lasted hardly any time at all as a massive Joe Hart error allowed Zakaria Aboukhlal to score.
It then got worse for the visitors when Carl Starfelt sent the ball past his own goalkeeper to give the Eredivisie side the lead on the night.
But try as they might, the hosts couldn’t deliver the vital third to level the tie with a number of big misses.
Hart atoned for his earlier error with two sensational stops down low, though a mishandled cross almost gifted AZ a chance.