Celtic crash out of Champions League after losing to AEK Athens

Aug 15, 2018, 01:54
Celtic crash out of Champions League after losing to AEK Athens

"It would've been great to have had him here but he's not", added Rodgers. "Invest in the playing squad".

When asked how much of a distraction the Boyata issue had been, Rodgers said at the pre-match press conference in Athens: "More sad than a distraction".

The shock defeat comes amidst a backdrop of increasing tension between Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and the board. Celtics poor recruitment is the reason they are out!

Celtic had been looking to make it to the Champions League group stage for the third year in a row but despite Scott Sinclair's goal to push for a comeback they ultimately fell short.

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The Hoops have reached the group stages of the competition for the last two seasons but doing so again could be tricky following last week's 1-1 draw with AEK in the first leg.

Sinclair pulled one back in the 78th minute, inspiring hope among Celtic fans, but it proved to be merely a consolation goal as the Bhoys ran out of time.

Celtic will now contest a Europa League playoff round tie with Latvia's Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva Marijampole of Lithuania.

There were ominous signs for Celtic beforehand.

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Having taken the lead, however, the Greek side simply sat back to defend it.

Hendry headed a Griffiths corner over the bar just before the interval but any positivity Celtic's response elicited evaporated early in the second half when Galo's free-kick to the back post was headed back across goal by Vassilis Lampropoulos for Livaja to head past Gordon.

In the Instagram video posted late last night, the 27-year-old can be seen getting muscular therapy on his back and legs.

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