Solid performance by Dundalk in Belarus as Celtic take first leg lead against Styarnan

Celtic Manager Ronny D

 

Dundalk remain in contention to reach the next round of the Champions League qualifiers after a narrow defeat in Belarus.

Dave McMillan's away goal could prove crucial for Dundalk, who returned home from in the small hours of this morning.

The Lilywhites lost their Champions League second round qualifier 2-1 to BATE Borisov, and put in a spirited performance.

The sides will meet again at Oriel Park next week.

Elsewhere Celtic's pursuit of a group stages place began with a 2-0 first leg qualifier win over Icelandic side Stjarnan at Parkhead.

Goals in either half from Dedryck Boyata and Stefan Johansen have put Celtic in control of the tie ahead of the return leg.

Manager Ronny Deila says two of his players were unprofessional for arguing over who should take a penalty in last night's game.

Leigh Griffiths and Stefan Johansen squabbled over a spot kick - which was taken and missed by Griffiths.

Deila says the right player eventually took the penalty - but he's not happy with the lead up to it.