Friendlies: Kris Commons on target as Celtic held by Dynamo Dresden
Last Updated: 19/07/14 7:07pm
Dynamo Dresden's Sylvano Comalius cancelled out Kris Commons’ early goal as Celtic were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in Germany.
Commons' strike and the debut of Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal were the positive points for the Scottish champions in another tough pre-season friendly.
Last year’s Scottish Player of the Year Commons showed similar predatory instincts to those that saw him breach the 30-goal barrier in 2014/2015 when he broke the deadlock after eight minutes.
Callum McGregor, the goal hero in the midweek Champions League qualifier first leg win over KR Reykjavik, and Teemu Pukki combined to set up Commons who finished with aplomb.
But after the Hoops rang the changes at the break, the Germans levelled through Calvanious - the big striker forcing a shot home, despite some desperate defending from the visitors.
Marvin Stefaniak had forced Gordon into a smart stop at the Glucksgass Stadion before Justin Eilers, who proved a menace down the Celtic left throughout, was kept out by an Adam Matthews’ goalline clearance.
Dresden pushed forward for an equaliser before Commons was forced to leave the fray ahead of the break, with Liam Henderson replacing the stand-in skipper.
When Celtic reappeared for the second half, there were 10 further changes as manager Ronny Delia rotated the squad.
Stefaniak had a shot saved by Lukasz Zaluska, who had replaced Gordon at the interval, and Stuart Findlay made a vital interception to deny Comalius, while Eilers remained a threat.
Moments after Celtic’s best move of the half, when Leigh Griffiths volleyed wide from Henderson’s cross, Dynamo drew level.
Sinan Tekerci got in behind the Hoops backline and, although Emilio Izaguirre managed to race back to clear his flick off the line, big forward Comalius was there to bundle the ball home at the second attempt (68).
Buoyed by that goal, the hosts pressed for a winner and Tekerci skimmed the far post with a first-time effort.
Pole Zaluska also had to race from his line to clear a short backpass from Eoghan O’Connell before attention for Delia's men turned to Tuesday’s crucial UEFA Champions League qualifier second-leg clash against Rekjavik at Murrayfield, with Celtic 1-0 to the good thanks to McGregor's late strike in Iceland.