Chris Sutton Issues Damning Criticism Of Celtic Board After Champions League Disaster

Celtic will not be playing in the Champions League group stages this season after losing to AEK Athens 2-1 tonight.

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

Celtic did not bring their A game. Celtics poor recruitment is the reason they are out!

AEK beat 1967 champions Celtic 2-1 in a fervent atmosphere in Athens for a 3-2 aggregate win over the Scottish side while PAOK held out for a 0-0 draw at Spartak Moscow after edging the Russian outfit 3-2 in the first leg.

Red Star, who have never qualified for the Champions League group stage, will meet Salzburg after the Austrian team strolled into the playoffs with a 4-0 defeat of Macedonians Shkendija.

But Celtic continued to look susceptible to the counter and it was not a huge surprise when AEK got themselves a second in the 50th minute, as Marko Livaja nodded in from close range after Vassilis Lambropoulos headed a free-kick down to the former Inter man.

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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.

Dropping down to the Europa League, where they will play Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva, is a huge blow for Celtic who will miss out on the prestige - not to mention the vast sums of money - to be earned in the Champions League.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to say whether Dedryck Boyata has played his last game for Celtic.

It was the start the Parkhead side had feared and moments later they nearly conceded a second when Victor Klonaridis, who scored in Glasgow last week, burst into the Hoops box but toe-poked a shot wide of the target from eight yards.

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

  • Lawrence Cooper