Rogic's Celtic crash out of Champions League

Sherman Parsons
August 15, 2018

Celtic reached the Champions League group stage in the last two seasons but the defeat continues a hard start to the season for Brendan Rodgers' team following a 1-0 defeat to Hearts on Saturday.

"We've got to stop the cross for the first and the second is poor defending", Rodgers told BT Sport after the 3-2 aggregate defeat.

"At this moment in time we're disappointed with the result of the game and the way we went out".

The Scottish Premiership champions will now be preparing for a Europa League play-off match against either Spartaks Jurmala or FK Suduva. Add to that the Champions League exit, and Rodgers would be forgiven for getting fed up.

"Lots of our game I thought we played the better football over the course of the two games".

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"In the main, there weren't too many opportunities against us but you can't concede that easily and unfortunately it's cost us".

The outcome was a bitter blow for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers while AEK will be relishing a two-legged clash with Hungarians Vidi FC for a berth in the lucrative group stage of the competition.

The Belgium defender, subject of a failed £9million bid by Fulham before the English transfer window closed, had posted a video of him receiving treatment before the game in Greece.

Lambert said: "Maybe the stronger ones in the team will go back and say, "OK, if you don't want to play with us, don't". However, the Turkish media, in particular, are remaining bullish in their claims that the player himself is determined to move back to Galatasaray, where he has already played two loan spells, in 15/16 and just last season. There are players we've kept, but obviously getting other players in.

"I don't think Brendan said anything derogatory to the board".

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