Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Greek tragedy as AEK knock Rogic's Celtic out of Champions League

Greek tragedy as AEK knock Rogic's Celtic out of Champions League

Rodgers, whose side drew 1-1 with AEK in the first leg last week, refused to be drawn when asked if Boyata had played his last game for the club.

Speaking late in the game as Celtic lost 2-1 in Greece, and 3-2 on aggregate, Sutton said on BT Sport: "Celtic have stockpiled this money".

Celtic were on the back foot before kick-off, with Rodgers forced to address Dedryck Boyata's absence because of injury or - as is widely presumed - an obdurate reaction to the club's refusal to allow approaches from the likes of Sevilla, Lazio or Lyon and their rejection of a bid from Fulham.

"Unfortunately I could not play tomorrow because I'm not yet 100% operational but I'm with all my teammates to bring the qualification".

"I still felt this was a game in which we had more than enough to win but you have to defend better than we did".

They've spent £2million on disco lights at Celtic Park for Champions League nights. "We gave AEK a lot of problems but you have to defend properly and we didn't do that".

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.

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

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

Hendry headed a Griffiths corner over the bar just before the interval but any positivity Celtic's response elicited evaporated early in the second half when Galo's free-kick to the back post was headed back across goal by Vassilis Lampropoulos for Livaja to head past Gordon.

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