James Forrest's goal in extra time gave Celtic the 3-2 aggregate victory they needed to go in the Champions League group stages
Commons, Samaras and Forrest scored the goals to send Celtic into the Champions Leasgue group stages after another of those most welcome of cliches - a glorious European night at Parkhead.
90+4 min: Forrest, who was hobbling even before he scored that sensational goal, is replaced by Van Dijk, whose first and last job will be to help defend the freekick that Karagandy are about to launch into the box. But Forster spares them that need by charging off hie line to claim it himself, bringing an ovation from the relieved crowd!
What a climax! Superb work by Stokes, who shimmies his way into the box and then pulls the back to Forrest, who slams it into the net from 10 yards! There's delirium all around Parkhead, where Neil Lennon and his staff sprint down the sidelines to jump on top of the celebrating Celtic players.
90 min: The announcement that there will be at least four more minutes brings a celebratory roar from the home crowd, an urge for their heroes to settle this now ...
88 min: Mokin's not smokin' any more ... in the last couple of minutes he has caused panic in his defence with a dodgy punch and then sent a simple kick straight into touch. But who is to say he won't regain his mojo during a penalty a shootout? My advice is to avoid that, Celtic. You're welcome.
86 min: Stokes sends a long hard one wide.
83 min: In the interests of collegial drinking, I would like one of these sides to score before extra-time ... and they look equally capable at the moment. Mind you, Karagandy should be down to ten men as Zenkovich's first contribution to the game is to chop down Forrest. He gets away with a yellow.
Karagandy sub: Finonchenko off, Zenkovich on.
79 min: I said Lennon should make a change but I'm surprised at the one he has plumped for: Commons has been the most artful player on the pitch and a constant source of menace, but off he comes, repalced by Boerrigter.
77 min: Lovely play by Samaras, who races down the left and plays a teasing ball across the six-yard box. Commons retrieves it at the far side of the box and his shot is blocked, as is the follow-up by Ledley. Celtic appear to be summoning a second wind ...
75 min: That's more like it! Forrest scuttles in from the left and tires to find space for a shot. But Karagandy defend diligently and force him back out of the box. He eventually gets off a low rasper but Mokin gets down to make the save,
72 min: Canas, a lovely schemer in the heart of Karagandy's midfield, is gaining in prominence, as the visitors continue to search for the killer goal. Celtic are wobbling. This would be a good time for Lennon to make a change.
68 min: Samaras frolicks down the left like a bumpkin in a meadow but then spoons his attempted cross into the crowd.
66 min: Karagandy hoist another long freekick into the box. Samaras is back to help out, showing his defenders how it's done. But Celtic are reeling here, they need to get back on to the front foot ...
63 min: Unbelievable! What an escape for Celtic, who really are an omnishambles at the back. Another long throw-in wreaked further havoc and, with neither defenders nor goalkeeper having the slightest clue what was going on, the home side were mighty relieved to see a close-range shot bounce out off the bar!
62 min: Matthews saves from Celtic from disaster! Forster flapped at a corner, allowing Vasilijevic to nod at goal from eight yards. Fortuantely for the keeper Mulgrew booted off the line but that was asnother reminder of how fragile Celtic under the high ball ...
60 min: What a chance! Stokes could have ignited humungous celebrations but putting Celtic in front but instead, after peeling off at the back post to receive a Commons cross, he smacked his shot against the crossbar!
59 min: Credit to Karagandy: they're not simply trying to cling on for a shoot-out, they're attacking when they get the chance and have just compelled Mulgrew to clear with a diving header.
57 min: Ooh, ooh, Charlie Mulgrew ... doesn't take the freekick. Instead Commons tonks it into the wall from 25 yards.
54 min: Commons' first corner was cleared but he won another, which he rolled short to Forrest. The winger feinted past Finonchenko before sending a reasonable effort wide.
52 min: Celtic are going for the kill. They're swarming all over Karagandy, fuelled by the belief that a place in the Champions League group stages is there for the taking, a conviction endorsed by 60,000 roaring berserkers. Commons is about to take a corner ...
49 min: Having just drawn level on aggregate, Celtic almost conceded a fatal away goal but Forster just about managed to keep out a swerving Vicius shot from distance.
A poorly cleared Stokes cross falls to Mulgrew 20 yards out. He mis-hists his shot but it bounces kindly into the path of Samras, who sweeps it past Mokin and into the net from eight yards!
47 min: It's been a vibrant start by Celtic, as Matthews wins a corner that Commons delivers and Mokin punches away.
46 min: Twenty seconds into the second half and Samaras shows the jinking skills for which he is renowned, weaving his way down the left before delivering a cross that forces an urgent intervention from Dzidic. That must have been some half-time cuppa.
It's been rollicking fare so far and that Commons goal was the perfect tee-up for an explosive second period. There's a frenzied atmosphere at Parkhead and the highly-charged contest on the pitch has frequently threatened to explode into a full-on donnybrook - but mostly in a good way. This is a proper battle and Celtic will be confident they will prevail ... but Karagandy are valiant defenders and, what's more, know they can cause chaos at the other end through set-pieces and high balls. Game well and truly on.
It was going to take something special to pierce Karagandy's defence here and Commons produced something extraordinary, smashing into the net from 25 yards!
44 min: Mulgrew curls a ball around for Stoke, who had made a good run ... but can't find a finish to match, donking it high and wide from 15 yards.
43 min: Forrest skips past Canas on the left but then fails to hit the target with a shot from 20 yards.
41 min: After a Matthews cross the ball bobbles around the Karagandy box but Celtic just can't get a clear shot and eventually the visitors scramble it away.
40 min: The ref is starting to clamp down on cynicism, showing Vicius a yellow after he curtailed a Celtic attack by shoving over Samaras.
38 min: Karagandy are defending very well. Every time a Celtic player gets the ball in a threatening position he is instantly engulfed. The crowd are growing increasingly frustrated...
37 min: I'd have much preferred the ref from the YouTube clip below: the character we have tonight is a real spoilsport, forbidding good robust shoulder challenges while being excessively lenient towards momentum-stopping fouls.
35 min: Canas becomes the second Karagandy player to go into the book after clumping into Ambrose.
33 min: Commons rolls the freekick to Stokes to change the angle and then curls a low shot at goal but it lacked the power to beat the ever-defiant Mokin.
32 min: Samaras does well to take the ball down at the edge of the box while surrounded by three opponents, who then combine to foul him, giving the hosts a freekick in an excellent position. Mulgrew and Commons stand over it ...
29 min: Parkhead remains a cauldron but Celtic are going off the boil, as if the evidence of Karagandy's stubborness is sapping them. Passes are going astray, tackles being missed. They need to improve pronto.
26 min: Karagandy continue to frustrate Celtic and win another freekick in a dangerous position, i.e. anywhere from where they can hoof the ball into the box, which Finonchenko duly does from 50 yards. Ghazaryan wins at the back post and heads across the face of goal .... but the ref whistles for a foul: the relief is palpable. Celtic fans are all too aware that although their team has been dominant so far, they remain vulnerable.
23 min: Karagandy hurl in a long throw in the hope of casuing similar damage to that wrought in the first leg. Celtic nod it out as far as Canas, who, under pressure from Brown, booms it over the bar from 20 yards.
21 min: Karagandy have stemmed Celtic's forward flow a tad and actually enjoyed a bout of possession in the opposing half. They didn't manage to muster a threat but the mere fact that they prevented Celtic from getting off a shot for a few minutes has audibly raised the tension in the crowd ...
18 min: "I hope that the distance travelled explains Celtic's result last week," blubs Ian Kay. "Glasgow is 3000 miles from Karagandy." Hmmn, unless they made the trek by mule I don't think it excuses their shoddiness upon arrival. Either way, they're doing their utmost to atone for it tonight, besieging the Karagandy box. A goal seems imminent ... unless Mokin can keep up his one-man resistance.
14 min: Commons tries to trick the keeper by cracking a freekick in at the near post rather than crossing, but you have to get up earlier than that to diddle Smokin' Mokin, who beats the ball away acrobatically.
11 min: Mokin pulls off another fine save! Stokes sent a downward header towards the far corner from seven yards but the pesky keeper again meddled, diving full length to push it to safety. Moken is smokin' so far.
9 min: This is unfolding at a blazing pace! Stokes has just sent another dangerous ball across the face of goal - this time after skipping around the keeper - and after that was cleared, Ledley shot from the edge of the area, bringing another decent stop from the keeper.
7 min: Khizhnichenko gives Celtic a reminder that this match isn't simply about seeing whether the home side can score three goals: they have to defend too. The centreforward pounces on a breaking ball following a long kick out and forces Forster to make a save from 25 yards.
5 min: Commons collects the ball jsut outside the box and sneaks as canny pass through to Stokes, who fires it across the face of goal. Shakhter stick it behind for a corner. The initial delivery it clear but Celtic work it back out to Commons, who curls it into the centre. Lustig rises and bops a fine header towards the net ... but Mokin pulls off a superb save, stretching to tip it over the bar to the incredulity of the watching hordes!
3 min: A lusty tackle by Bornw gives Karagandy a freekick some 40 yards out and a chance for the visitors to test whether Celtic have repaired their defence since last week. They duly launch the ball into the box but Forster did what he notably failed to do last week, coming to pluck it out of the air decisively.
1 min: Celtic win possession quickly and the game settles into the expected pattern, with Karagandy stringing five across the middle and challenging Celtic to infiltrate.
An early set-back for Celtic as Scott Brown loses the toss. Karagandy will kick off, to a cacophony of boos from the home crowd, who are doing their best to stir that bad blood.
Some supporters kill sheep, others butcher Rodgers and Hammerstein classics. Only joshing, as the teams take to the pitch, Celtic fans run through a typically stirring version of You'll Never Walk Alone. The men in Orange (that's Karagandy, for the avoidance of doubt) are quivering, possibly.
Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, Mulgrew, Lustig, Brown, Commons, Ledley, Samaras, Stokes, Forrest.
Subs: Załuska, Izaguirre, van Dijk, McGeouch, Boerrigter, Baldé, Watt.
Shakhter: Mokin, Vasiljević, Poryvaev, Džidić, Maliy, Simčević, Vičius, Ghazaryan, Cañas, Finonchenko, Khizhnichenko.
Subs: Pokatilov, Tarasov, Gabyshev, Bayzhanov , Darabayev, Murtazayev, Zenkovich.
Ref: S Moen (Norway)
There'll be no sheep slaughter at Parkhead tonight if Uefa have their way but the stadium could still be awash with bad blood. Celtic and Shakhter Karagandy may have been strangers to each other until a week ago but now they are sworn enemies, with Neil Lennon said – in that hysterical way of the press – to be “raging” at an apparent “lack of respect” shown by the Kazakhs, who scoffed at Celtic's defensive deficiencies following the first leg in Astana. In one way they were right to state the obvious – because Celtic were utter plod at the back – but hubris is best not displayed until you are beyond the reach of vengeance, as opposed to being about to walk into the fortress of the foe you have just mocked. A strong referee may be needed tonight - such as the one who reffed the 1968 visit of Saint-Etienne, one of the three previous European occasions when Celtic have overturned two-goal deficits at home (go to 0:20 seconds for exemplary footage of a ref throwing his ample weight about).
Paul will be here shortly. In the meantime, here's Neil Lennon's thoughts ahead of the game:
Lennon insisted he was encouraged rather than frustrated by Celtic's performance in Astana, where they failed to convert a series of chances while giving away two cheap goals. "There are deficiencies in the way Shakhter play, we exposed them in the first game but couldn't take advantage of it," said Lennon, who gave a firm "no" to one Kazakh journalist who asked if he would step down if Celtic fail to get through.
"So what we have to do is take advantage of the opportunities that we create. I need my players to play their best and if they play their best then I think they will win this tie."
Lennon remains riled by accusations of complacency before the trip to Kazakhstan. "I have plenty of respect for Shakhter," he said. "They play with a lot of heart, spirit and organisation and have certain high-calibre players.
"What annoys me is that people are throwing accusations that we have underestimated Shakhter. We certainly didn't. We did all our preparation work as best we could."