Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Celtic crash out of Champions League at hands of AEK Athens

Celtic crash out of Champions League at hands of AEK Athens

Celtic have seen their Champions League adventure come to a premature end with a 3-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of AEK Athens in the competition's third qualifying round.

Croatian forward Marko Livaja's strike early in the second half left Celtic needing two unanswered goals to progress. AEK will face MOL Vidi in the final round of Champions League qualification.

When Brendan Rodgers steps into the dugout at Partick Thistle's Firhill Stadium on Saturday he'll desperately be hoping to avoid becoming the first Celtic boss since Lou Macari to suffer the ignominy of losing three consecutive games (in 90 minutes).

The visitors were forced to pile men forward as a result and eventually pulled one back 12 minutes from time through Sinclair's well-placed header, but AEK managed to hang on.

'Unfortunately, I could not play because I'm not yet 100 per cent operational, ' the 27-year-old said on Instagram.

FENENRBACHE have had a bid for Dedryck Boyata rejected by Celtic, according to reports in Turkey.

Celtic will now go into the Europa League, where they will face either Lithuania's Suduva or Spartaks Jurmala of Latvia. "It's important that we have European football this year".

Lambert said: "Maybe the stronger ones in the team will go back and say, "OK, if you don't want to play with us, don't".

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.

PAOK, who fought back from 2-0 down in the first leg against Spartak, were helped in the return leg when the home side's striker Luiz Adriano was sent off in the 33rd minute for a foul on Jose Angel Crespo.

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