Celtic crash out of Champions League at hands of AEK Athens

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata celebrates winning the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park

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.

His agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, was subsequently quoted as saying that, because the Belgium defender is in the final year of his Celtic contract, he could not afford to risk playing when not 100% fit.

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.

They have spent £2m on disco lights at Celtic Park for Champions League nights.

"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".

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

Celtic reached the Champions League group stage in the last two seasons but the defeat continues a hard start to the season for Brendan Rodgers' team following a 1-0 defeat to Hearts on Saturday.

Sutton said Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic had splashed out on expensive "disco lights" but failed to make the right kind of signings to bolster the squad bossed by Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic need to wait until Thursday to find out who they meet in the Europa League.

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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