Rogic's Celtic dumped out of Champions League

Jo Caldwell
August 15, 2018

The Scottish giants, who are aiming for an unprecedented treble-treble under Rodgers, sunk to a shock 1-0 defeat at Hearts over the weekend, which was swiftly followed by a 2-1 loss to AEK Athens as they crashed out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round.

And despite a late Scott Sinclair goal, strikes early in each half from Rodrigo Galo and Marko Livaja were enough for the Greek champions to set up a showdown with MOL Vidi on August 22 for a spot in the Champions League proper.

"Looking at Celtic at the minute, I'm not sure they've got a big enough squad to go and compete on all fronts".

Elsewhere, two-time European champions Benfica sealed a 2-1 aggregate victory over Fenerbahce.

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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. "We have to find a way to get a result".

Celtic will next face either Latvians Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian outfit Suduva for a place in the Europa League group stage.

I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly.

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

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Former Celtic player Andy Walker says the Hoops need to sell Dedryck Boyata and that his team-mates "can not trust him".

"I've always said that we needed to strengthen, no matter how good we've been over the last couple of years".

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".

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