Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose hopes of playing in the next phase of the UEFA Europa League competition suffered another blow as Molde left Glasgow with all three points at the expense of Celtic on Thursday night.
It turned out a bad night for Glasgow outfit as Nir Bitton was sent off for a professional foul to complete a miserable evening for the home side.
Mohamed Elyounoussi exploited some poor defending by the Nigerian and his fellow defenders to crash home a splendid volley to open the scoring.
Kris Commons diverted Nir Bitton’s strike into the net to level the match, but Daniel Berg Hestad hooked the ball home to secure victory for Molde.
The departure of the injured Jozo Simunovic after only nine minutes did nothing to aid Celtic’s hopes of keeping the Norwegians out and his replacement, Tyler Blackett, was involved in the concession of the opening goal.
His headed half-clearance was chested down by Elyounoussi and with no pressure applied to the winger, he was able to let it bounce before thumping it past a static Craig Gordon.
Molde’s second was even poorer from Celtic’s perspective.
Elyounoussi outmuscled Tom Rogic almost on the byeline, and when his cross arrived at the back post, Hestad showed greater desire than Blackett to stab the ball over the line, becoming the oldest player to score in a Europa League tie, at the age of 40.
Celtic are bottom of Group A, but two wins will see them through. They face Ajax at home on 26 November before travelling to Turkey to face Fenerbahce on 10 December.