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Champions League: Celtic 6-0 KR Reykjavík

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BRACE: Mohamed Elyounoussi

BRACE: Mohamed Elyounoussi

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BRACE: Mohamed Elyounoussi

Celtic routed KR Reykjavik 6-0 in a desperately one-sided Champions League first qualifier at Parkhead.

In a one-legged tie played behind closed doors, Neil Lennon's side showed to the Icelandic minnows no mercy.

Attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi broke the deadlock after only six minutes and striker Odsonne Edouard pressured defender Arnor Adalsteinsson into an own goal before defender Christopher Jullien headed in a third on the half-hour mark. Left-back Greg Taylor helped himself to his first Celtic goal early in a second half and Edouard flashed in a fifth with Elyounoussi grabbing his second in added time to put the scoring seal on a performance that offered no prospect of a shock.

KR Reykjavik boss Runar Kristinsson's side were simply fodder for the Hoops who will host Hungarian side Ferencvaros or Djurgardens of Sweden in the second qualifier next week.

With no fans allowed inside the stadium due to on-going coronavirus restrictions, it was a far from normal European night in the east end of Glasgow.

The home side made two changes to the side that drew with Kilmarnock nine days ago, with defenders Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed replacing Kris Ajer and Jeremie Frimpong.

Albian Ajeti, the Swiss striker recently signed from West Ham, started on the bench where he watched his new team mates quickly put the Icelandic champions under pressure as the home side flexed their muscles. It was very easy for the Scottish champs but the next round will be tougher.

"There are lots of positives to take from it," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said. "The fitness levels were good, we kept going right to the end.

"It was important we won, important that we avoided injuries and important that we played well. We got all of that.

"We kept going right to the end. They'll all get a lot of confidence.

"There's more to come, a lot more to come. It's very embryonic in the season.

"Mohamed Elyounoussi is a very fit lad. He wears people down.

"That 90 minutes will be good for him."