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Transfer Rater: Ramsey to Bayern Munich

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 By Mark Lovell

Javi Martinez sends Bayern through as Arjen Robben excites at Celtic

After their 3-0 humbling by Paris Saint-Germain on their last Champions League trip which cost Carlo Ancelotti his job, Jupp Heynckes and Bayern Munich returned to winning ways on their travels with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Celtic, courtesy of goals from Kingsley Coman and Javi Martinez.

Positives

The Bavarians reached the knockout rounds for the 10th season in a row, sealing their 250th win in European competition, prevailing in a typically raucous atmosphere in Glasgow.

Negatives

Bayern conceded for the 10th game in succession on away soil and with just four attempts on target, they could have had few complaints if the game ended in a draw.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- A sixth straight win for Heynckes during his fourth term in charge, sealing qualification for the next stage with two games to spare. The 72-year-old became the first ever Bayern coach to win seven consecutive Champions League games.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Sven Ulreich, 7 -- Let in his first goal from open play since talking to ESPN FC, but saved brilliantly from Stuart Armstrong, surviving a difficult atmosphere for a goalkeeper in Glasgow.

DF Rafinha, 6 -- Replaced rising star Joshua Kimmich in the starting lineup and Bayern never look the same attacking threat with the Brazilian in the side.

DF Niklas Sule, 6 -- Gave Mats Hummels a breather in central defence with one eye on the Borussia Dortmund game on Saturday. Far from as elegant nor as pleasing on the eye as Hummels, but the summer signing from Hoffenheim could not be faulted for effort on a tricky night for Bayern.

DF Jerome Boateng, 7 -- Slowly returning to his best form after his long injury battle, Boateng hardly put a foot wrong against the impressive Moussa Dembele.

DF David Alaba, 8 -- Much improved under Heynckes and has forged a promising partnership with Kingsley Coman down the Bayern left. Impressive going forward and his last-ditch goal-line clearance in the first half ultimately proved vital.

MF Javi Martinez, 9 -- Always one of the first names on Heynckes' teamsheet, Martinez incurred a nasty cut over the eye as he won the ball in the air against Celtic defender Nir Bitton, breaking his scoring drought at the 38th attempt in the Champions League for the match-winning goal.

MF Corentin Tolisso, 5 -- Bayern's record signing struggled to impose himself in midfield and a midfield partnership with Arturo Vidal is not going to win the Champions League.

MF Arturo Vidal, 5 -- Average performance, regularly overheated, inexplicably avoiding a yellow card in his midfield battle with Scott Brown. Didn't do a full blown Franck Ribery but threw his arms up in frustration after being hooked off by Heynckes before the hour mark.

MF Kingsley Coman, 7 -- Rested at the weekend due to a niggling knee injury, but full of zest and running on his return, rewarded with a goal and an assist. Coman finished the goal coolly, easily rounding Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, but there was definitely a suspicion of handball. His precise delivery for Martinez's header was perfect -- unlike many of his errant crosses on the night.

MF James Rodriguez, 5 -- Largely anonymous in an experimental attacking trio. Ran a lot -- a team best at nearly 12 kilometres -- but with no end product.

MF Arjen Robben, 8 -- Another vintage performance from Robben with the 33-year-old veteran receiving an ovation from both sets of fans, a rare privilege indeed.

Javi Martinez
Javi Martinez's strike earned Bayern Munich their place in the next round.

Substitutes:

MF Sebastian Rudy, 6 -- Replaced the combative Vidal just before the hour mark, going about his work unobtrusively but with more efficiency.

DF Joshua Kimmich, N/R -- Surprisingly omitted but Bayern have bigger fish to fry on Saturday in the Bundesliga. Too late for a rating but fouled a lot during his brief cameo.

MF Thiago, N/R -- Brought on in added time to allow Robben an adoring farewell from both sets of fans.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.

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