Rodgers: Champions League 'a step too far'

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

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

Within six minutes his side were trailing to a Rodrigo Galo strike and it looked a forlorn task when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second five minutes after the break. AEK will face MOL Vidi in the final round of Champions League qualification.

"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.

When Brendan Rodgers steps into the dugout at Partick Thistle's Firhill Stadium on Saturday he'll desperately be hoping to avoid becoming the first Celtic boss since Lou Macari to suffer the ignominy of losing three consecutive games (in 90 minutes).

Red Star, who have never qualified for the Champions League group stage, will meet Salzburg after the Austrian team strolled into the playoffs with a 4-0 defeat of Macedonians Shkendija.

Celtic drop into the Europa League play-off round, where they will face Latvia's Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva Marijampole of Lithuania.

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

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Belgian worldwide is fit and available for selection, but the defender himself is saying otherwise. "It's no good for us now, but we'll pick ourselves up and it's important we have European football this year".

The Hoops travelled to the Greek capital with the third qualifying round tie evenly poised at 1-1 from the first leg, but found themselves two goals down after 50 minutes.

Back in January 1994 Macari's troops lost 4-2 at home to fierce rivals Rangers, followed by 1-0 defeat at Partick, then a 2-1 loss at Motherwell - all in the league.

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