Football: Celtic beat away hoodoo in Champions League win over rock-bottom Anderlecht

Celtic's Scott Sinclair (right) fights for the ball with Anderlecht's Alexandru Chipciu during the Champions League Group B match at The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels on Sept 27, 2017.
Celtic's Scott Sinclair (right) fights for the ball with Anderlecht's Alexandru Chipciu during the Champions League Group B match at The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels on Sept 27, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Scottish champions Celtic enjoyed a rare away victory in their 3-0 win over an uninspiring Anderlecht in their Champions League clash in Brussels on Wednesday, staking their claim on third spot in Group B.

Ahead of the match, Celtic, domestic title winners for the past six seasons, had only won once in 30 away matches in the Champions League.

Having been thumped 5-0 at home by Paris Saint-Germain in their opening match, Celtic are now third behind Bayern Munich on goal difference after the German side's 3-0 loss to the French league leaders.

After 37 minutes in which neither team managed a single shot on goal, Celtic flawlessly executed a counter from their own half to gain the lead, with Leigh Griffiths converting calmly.

Five minutes into the second half, Celtic scored again when a cross by Patrick Roberts came off Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji into the net, before Scott Sinclair made it 3-0 with a thumping shot in the final seconds.

Anderlecht, who sacked manager Rene Weiler this month after a disappointing run in the Belgian league, are last in the group, having also lost their opening match against Bayern.