Rogic's Celtic dumped out of Champions League

Celtic's Odsonne Edouard and Hearts John Souttar compete for the ball

Celtic's Odsonne Edouard and Hearts John Souttar compete for the ball

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers turned his attention to the Europa League after finding Champions League football "a step too far" this season.

Rodrigo Galo swept in a low cross from the right and Marko Livaja headed in the second for AEK before Scott Sinclair pulled one back for Celtic to set up a dramatic finish.

Celtic crashed out of the Champions League at the third qualifying stage on Tuesday night after defeat to AEK Athens in Greece.

The Scottish Premiership champions will now be preparing for a Europa League play-off match against either Spartaks Jurmala or FK Suduva.

The 27-year-old is refusing to discuss a new deal and The Sun claims he declared himself injured at Lennoxtown on Friday- 24 hours before Celtic's 1-0 defeat away to Hearts.

"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.

His agent Jacques Lichtenstein was quoted earlier in the week by DH.be saying that as his client is in the final year of his contract, he could not risk playing when not 100 per cent fit.

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

"He is a player that has been with us over the last couple of seasons and at this time it would have been great to have him here".

"When I hear that I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it is wrong".

"But he is not and we need to put the faith in squad that want to be here and want to play for the result".

"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".

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