Chris Sutton Issues Damning Criticism Of Celtic Board After Champions League Disaster

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       Brendan Rodgers remains calm over his squad strength but wants additions

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

Celtic will not be playing in the Champions League group stages this season after losing to AEK Athens 2-1 tonight.

Knocked out: Tom Rogic and Celtic will not feature in the Champions League group stage.

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.

"I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly", Celtic manager Rodgers told BT Sport.

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

He said: "We conceded a soft goal against Livingston and Alashkert and against Hearts we gave away a goal".

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

Dropping down to the Europa League, where they will play Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva, is a huge blow for Celtic who will miss out on the prestige - not to mention the vast sums of money - to be earned in the Champions League.

The first-leg draw meant Celtic already had it all to do in Athens before sloppy defending presented AEK with an early chance that was taken with aplomb - Rodrigo Galo blasting home from the centre of the area after a Niklas Hult cut-back was not intercepted in the sixth minute.

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