Rogic's Celtic crash out of Champions League

Rogic's Celtic crash out of Champions League

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

Rodrigo Galo scored after six minutes for AEK and Marko Livaja made it 2-0 five minutes after half-time.

Celtic picked up €480,000 (£427,716) for losing in the third round of Champions League qualifying.

The Scottish champions drop down to the Europa League play-off, where they will face Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva, and Rodgers said: "The Europa League is still a prestigious competition. It's important that we have European football this year".

"He is a player that has been with us over the last couple of seasons and at this time it would have been great to have him here".

Rodgers bemoaned some slack defending for their Champions League exit.

"Over the course of the two games it's disappointing to have that much control and opportunities in the games and concede soft goals".

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It doesn't matter if you win seven or eight games in a row, your big yardstick is Celtic and if they can get above them and they go and do that and win the league, then it's a success.

Boyata was absent as Celtic crashed out of the Champions League in Athens on Tuesday night and, though the player says he is injured, manager Brendan Rodgers claimed after the match that the Belgian was fit.

"I've said what I wanted to say in terms of us needing improvement and wanting to improve", Rodgers said.

"When I hear that I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it is wrong".

Boyata's contract with Celtic only has one year remaining, which Sevilla are hoping will help reduce the price of the player, who is reportedly keen to leave the Glasgow club for Sevilla.

"But he wasn't here and we look at the performance without him and I can't think any more than that".

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