Rangers-mad Oli McBurnie mocks Celtic on Twitter after Champions League disaster

Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2018

The Scottish champions were the heavy favourites to progress beyond the third-qualifying round after drawing 1-1 in the first leg.

Sinclair gave Celtic hope with 12 minutes left but AEK held on to win 2-1 and go through 3-2 on aggregate.

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

Sevilla are keen on signing Dedryck Boyata from Celtic and are confident they can knock the Bhoys down in terms of their financial demands.

The Celtic fans have taken to Twitter after the game, with Hayes being slammed for a poor performance.

Brendan Rodgers decided against taking the centre-half with his squad for tomorrow night's Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens in the Greek capital with the tie poised at 1-1.

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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.

Hoops substitute Scott Sinclair - on for Australia's Tom Rogic - pulled a goal back in the 78th minute but despite a grand finale the visitors could not fashion a second which would have put them through on away goals.

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.

Celtic need to wait until Thursday to find out who they meet in the Europa League.