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Celtic crash out of Champions League after losing to AEK Athens

Celtic crash out of Champions League after losing to AEK Athens

Celtic have officially announced their starting eleven and substitutes to lock horns with AEK Athens at the Olympic Stadium in a crucial Champions League clash this evening.

Brendan Rodgers men have failed to reach the group stage after slipping behind 2-0 in Greece and finding only a Scott Sinclair goal over the final 40 minutes.

Sinclair pulled one back in the 78th minute, inspiring hope among Celtic fans, but it proved to be merely a consolation goal as the Bhoys ran out of time.

Celtic will now head into the Europa League playoff round and face either Latvian or Lithuanian opposition.

"The two seasons I've been here, we've qualified for the Champions League but it's been a step too far this season". I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly.

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Quickfire first-half goals by striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar and defender Matthijs de Ligt put Ajax firmly in control against Standard and David Neres added the icing on the cake with a third shortly after the break.

Fulham had a bid rejected for the 27-year-old last week.

Speaking on BT Sport during the closing stages of the match, Sutton said: "Celtic have stockpiled this money". He has been with us on the journey now for a couple of years and helped us get to this position and of course, someone of his quality, a World Cup semi-finalist in our team, would certainly would have helped.

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

Boyata told Belgian website DH.be: 'When I hear I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it's wrong.