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Celtic vs Valencia: Bain was the shining light on an otherwise disappointing night against Valencia

Celtic limped out of Europe on Thursday night losing to Spanish opponents Valencia 3-0 on aggregate continuing what is a fairly dismal record in Europe.

The Hoops, who were looking to overturn a 2-0 Valencia lead when meeting the Spaniards at the Mestalla, started off the game fairly well, with Kristoffer Ajer blasting over one of the games earliest opportunities from inside the box.

The visitors were beginning to find their feet, and fans would have been forgiven for hoping for a miraculous comeback, before Borussia Dortmund loanee Jeremy Toljan received a very harsh second yellow for accidentally falling on his opponent.

Valencia’s advantage looked to be paying off after Portuguese winger committed himself to a trademark run from the left-wing, opening up Celtic’s frail defence and creating an opportunity Parejo which Bain did excellently to save.

Santi Mina was denied just before the break by the strong hand of Celtic’s keeper which was followed up by some last-ditch valiant defending; momentum was clearly now in favour of the hosts.

After the break Ajer had another golden chance to put his side ahead after meeting a beautifully crossed ball unmarked but was unable to make it pay.

Valencia finally punished the away sides wastefulness. A beautifully floated ball to the back post was met by the head of Wass who headed back into the path of the knee of a well-placed Kevin Gamiero.

With the game now out of sight, Celtic looked weary and uninterested.

The hosts pushed for another goal and had it not been for their own errors and the heroics of Bain, things could have been embarrassing for the travelling Scots.

Game over: Valencia through to the next round.

Goncalo Guedes was awarded the Man of the Match award, but due credit should be given to Celtic’s Scott Bain.

In the first-half he was on hand to deny two volleyed efforts from Mina and Parejo to keep his team in the game, and although he eventually conceded, he saved his team from a cricket score in the final stages of the game.

Considering this is his first major season at the club, after replacing previous favourite Craig Gordon, his performances have been incredibly impressive.

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