Celtic beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in friendly as safe standing introduced

Celtic Park's safe standing area was used for the first time during the friendly win over Wolfsburg
Image: Celtic Park's safe standing area was used for the first time

Celtic warmed up for their return Champions League qualifier second leg against Lincoln Red Imps with a 2-1 friendly win over Wolfsburg.

Goals from Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie defeated the German visitors, who had gone ahead early on through a deflected Paul Seguin shot in a game that saw the first use of a new safe standing area at Celtic Park.

There was a worry ahead of Tuesday's second leg when Erik Sviatchenko was replaced early on after colliding with Wolfsburg's goalkeeper.

But a report on the Celtic website called Sviatchenko's substitution "a precaution", and Brendan Rodgers later said the centre-half should be fit to face the Gibraltarian part-timers, who come to Parkhead this week with a 1-0 lead.

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Image: Erik Sviatchenko was substituted early on after colliding with Wolfsburg's goalkeeper

"Erik is okay," Rodgers said. "He's spoiled his good looks for a few days but I believe he'll be fine."

Wolfsburg went ahead 11 minutes in when Seguin's shot was rerouted by Eoghan O'Connell, leaving Craig Gordon stranded.

Sviatchenko's early exit was followed by McGregor's equaliser, bent in from distance, and Brendan Rodgers opted to make 10 half-time changes.

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One of the new men got the winner, Christie beating two challenges and finishing form inside the box.

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