Greek tragedy as AEK knock Rogic's Celtic out of Champions League

by Leon Thompson August 15, 2018, 1:56
Greek tragedy as AEK knock Rogic's Celtic out of Champions League

Speaking late in the game as Celtic lost 2-1 in Greece, and 3-2 on aggregate, Sutton said on BT Sport: "Celtic have stockpiled this money".

However, goals from Bito Rodrigo Galo and Marko Livaja either side of the break saw Celtic fail to book a spot against Malmo or MOL Vidi in a play-off to reach the group stages.

They have spent £2m on disco lights at Celtic Park for Champions League nights.

His agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, was subsequently quoted as saying that, because the Belgium defender is in the final year of his Celtic contract, he could not afford to risk playing when not 100% fit.

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

Leigh Griffiths has stressed the importance of Champions League football to Celtic ahead of tonight's crunch qualifier against AEK Athens.

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"You could say they have the advantage, especially with the away goal but we, as a team, are more than capable of scoring an away goal ourselves".

Boss Brendan Rodgers, who had taken the Scottish champions to the group stages of the competition in his first two years in charge, knew the third qualifying round tie was his biggest qualifying challenge to date following the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Glasgow last week.

"I don't want to make excuses", added Rodgers.

Celtic need to wait until Thursday to find out who they meet in the Europa League. "I've always said we needed to strengthen (in the transfer window) and hopefully we can do that now".

2-0 down after 50 minutes, a miracle was needed for them to progress.

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