Celtic’s Champions League hopes ended by AEK

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       Brendan Rodgers remains calm over his squad strength but wants additions

The Scottish champions had been held to a 1-1 draw despite their opponents playing much of the game with only 10 men in last week's first leg at Parkhead, and failed to turn the tie around after Rodrigo Galo gave the hosts a sixth-minute lead.

Celtic suffered a 2-1 defeat to AEK Athens this evening that now sees the Scot's side slip into the Europa League.

Celtic are bracing themselves for the loss of Dedryck Boyata as Sevilla appear increasingly likely to sign the centre-back.

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

The Belgian global is not in the squad for Celtic's crunch Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens tonight due to a back complaint.




"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".

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.

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

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 70,000-capacity stadium was only around half-full but the home fans roared when Niklas Hult, at the second attempt, got his cross pass fellow Swedish defender Mikael Lustig to Brazilian midfielder Galo, who swept it past keeper Craig Gordon from 12 yards.

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