Celtic got here from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in James Forrest’s testimonial match.
Celtic have been outplayed within the opening interval and trailed 2-1 earlier than supervisor Brendan Rodgers switched his whole workforce for the second half, and objectives from Alexandro Bernabei and David Turnbull added to Reo Hatate’s first-half effort.
About 42,000 followers have been inside Celtic Park to honour Forrest, who has scored 101 objectives in 467 aggressive appearances and received 22 trophies for the membership.
Nonetheless, just a few hundred supporters occupied the standing part, which is generally frequented by the Inexperienced Brigade ultras. These followers have been among the many most crucial of Rodgers for becoming a member of Leicester.
Rodgers acquired a heat reception when he was re-introduced to the Celtic assist forward of his first look at Parkhead since returning to the membership for the profit match, which noticed a « important proportion » of proceeds promised to 2 charities, Kilbryde Hospice and Celtic FC Basis.
Cameron Carter-Vickers made his first begin since present process knee surgical procedure whereas Maik Nawrocki and Hyeok-kyu Kwon have been handed Parkhead debuts.
The guests took the lead inside 90 seconds after Hatate gave the ball away and was clinically punished by Unai Gomez from 25 yards.
The hosts continued to current Bilbao with alternatives from free passes and Hatate was lucky to not reward one other objective earlier than levelling out of the blue within the thirty sixth minute when he picked up a free ball and curled in a superb left-footed end from 20 yards.
The guests have been again in entrance inside seconds of the restart. Proper-back Tomoki Iwata misplaced possession on the sting of the field after bringing down a excessive diagonal ball and was punished in fashion by Iker Muniain.
Solely Forrest got here again out after the interval however simply till the forty ninth minute, when the followers have been handed the prospect to offer him one other ovation as he was changed by Liel Abada. Summer season signings Hyun-jun Yang and Odin Thiago Holm have been among the many half-time substitutes.
Bernabei equalised halfway by way of the half after linking up effectively with second-half captain Turnbull and Matt O’Riley, and the previous Motherwell midfielder quickly swept house from Oh Hyeon-gyu’s cutback.
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