Boyata situation saddens Celtic boss Rodgers

Boyata situation saddens Celtic boss Rodgers

After drawing the first leg 1-1 in Glasgow, it was all to play for in the Greek capital tonight, but they did not step up to the plate.

Former Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair headed home with 12 minutes remaining to give Celtic hope, but AEK held on.

Croatian forward Marko Livaja's strike early in the second half left Celtic needing two unanswered goals to progress.

Striker Griffiths pointed to Celtic winning the domestic treble twice in a row when asked how crucial it was to reach the group stages of European football's elite club competition.

The Belgium worldwide is missing Tuesday's Champions League qualifier at AEK Athens and says it is down to injury.

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Celtic turned Odsonne Edouard's loan transfer into a permanent deal during the summer but otherwise have done little major business, while doubts surround the commitment of defender Dedryck Boyata who insists he is injured and not shirking his duties.

"I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly", Celtic manager Rodgers told BT Sport.

Sutton said Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic had splashed out on expensive "disco lights" but failed to make the right kind of signings to bolster the squad bossed by Brendan Rodgers.

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.

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

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