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Brendan Rodgers Bids To Avoid Unwanted Celtic Losing Streak At Partick Thistle

15 August, 2018, 23:52 | Author: Delia Walker
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Rogic started the game for Celtic but was replaced in the 76th minute. AEK will face MOL Vidi in the final round of Champions League qualification.

Celtic crashed out of the Champions League at the third round of qualifying after a disappointing 3-2 aggregate loss against Greek side AEK and as far as Chris Sutton is concerned, the blame lies with the hierarchy.

Brendan Rodgers side went behind inside the opening six minutes of the game when Rodrigo Galo met a cross in the box and side-footed it past Craig Gordon.

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

It is the first time that former Liverpool manager Rodgers has lost back-to-back games since taking charge of Celtic in 2016, after their shock 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat at Hearts last Saturday.




He said: "I think in general, in the game, we played very well but we conceded two soft goals".

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Belgian global is fit and available for selection, but the defender himself is saying otherwise.

"We gave AEK a lot of problems but you have to defend properly and we didn't do that".

Celtic still have an opportunity to make it into the Europa League, although having lost back to back games for the first time under Rodgers - they went down 1-0 at Hearts in the league at the weekend - their hard week has done little to quell the optimism of arch-rivals Rangers, who are unbeaten in seven competitive games under new manager Steven Gerrard. "It's important that we have European football this year".

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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