Marc-Antoine Fortune scored twice in Celtic's comeback against Rapid Vienna
By Martin Conaghan
Celtic recovered from the loss of three goals to salvage a point in their final Europa League match against Rapid.
Nikica Jelavic's shot opened the scoring inside 32 seconds, then the Croat made it two from close range.
Hamdi Salihi added Rapid's third in the 19th minute when Jelavic turned provider for the Albanian to fire home.
Marc-Antoine Fortune blasted in a 24th-minute reply from six yards out then added a tap-in in the 67th minute before Paul McGowan's late strike.
Celtic manager Tony Mowbray gave striker McGowan his first start for the Glasgow club in the dead rubber in Austria, the result of which ensures Rapid finish bottom of Group C.
Mark Wilson and Paul Caddis were handed rare starts in the full-back positions and Stephen McManus came back into the centre of defence alongside Glenn Loovens, while Willo Flood and Niall McGinn replaced Aiden McGeady and Barry Robson in midfield.
With barely 35 seconds on the clock Jelavic found the net with a long-range strike into the bottom left corner of the goal that left Artur Boruc standing for the opener.
Five minutes later Willo Flood delivered a shot from inside the penalty area that was collected by Rapid keeper Raimund Hedl.
Celtic were forced back again in the eighth minute when Jelavic doubled his tally from the six-yard line after Salihi fired across the face of goal from the right-hand side.
The sub-zero conditions made for hard work as Celtic struggled to find their footing in the Ernst Happel Stadium early in the match.
Jelavic turned provider for Salihi in the 19th minute when the former Hajduk Split man powered down the left-hand side and delivered an inch-perfect square ball for the Albanian to calmly slot home.
Five minutes later Celtic forced a reply when Wilson flighted a high ball in to McGowan who nodded down and Fortune spun around on the penalty spot and blasted the ball beyond Hedl.
Despite the deficit, Celtic remained composed and looked confident going forward, with a Stephen McManus header cleared off the line in the 33rd-minute from Flood's corner, but the ref had already blown for a foul.
Boruc was tested with a curling effort from Veli Kavlak as half-time approached, but the Polish keeper managed to turn the ball around the post for a corner.
Rapid keeper Hedl was at full stretch to keep out a thunderbolt strike from McGinn as the sides turned in for the interval.
Almost immediately after the break, McGinn latched on to a reverse pass from McManus and outran the Rapid defence but his shot was turned around by Hedl.
Six minutes later, Boruc gave the visiting fans a scare when he fumbled a clearance and left the goal gaping as Kavlak tried to capitalise with a curling shot, but Christopher Trimmel failed to get the final ball on target.
Celtic reduced the deficit to one in the 67th minute when Flood took a quick free-kick on the edge of the Rapid penalty area and McGinn slid the ball across to let Fortune tap in from six yards out.
Moments later Glenn Loovens headed over the bar as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.
Boruc did well to stifle a half-hearted attempt on goal in the 75th minute under pressure from Jelavic.
Fortune shot for goal with five minutes left on the clock, but Hedl made the save to deny the French Guianan his hat-trick.
In the dying minutes of injury time, on-loan Barcelona midfielder Marc Crosas flighted in a ball to the danger area and McGowan turned to shoot past Hedl to earn Mowbray's side a well-deserved point.
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