Celtic's CL qualification hit by home defeat

An early goal from Dinamo Moscow condemned Celtic to a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round clash at Parkhead.

Dinamo are well into their domestic season and this showed against a ring rusty Hoops.

With only seven minutes gone Alexander Kokorin ghosted in behind Gary Caldwell to divert a low cross under Artur Boruc for the winner and a vital away goal.

The home side had chances to equalise, but Marc-Antoine Fortune and Scott McDonald both missed good chances.

Georgios Samaras had the perfect opportunity with just four minutes remaining to restore parity, but from point blank range headed straight at keeper Vladimir Gabulov.

Yet, for all Celtic's battling qualities the visitor's always had the edge and were a constant menace on the break.

Unless the Hoops can win in Moscow next week there is the very real prospect of an early exit from Champions League football and dropping down to the less prosperous and less prestigious Europa League.