Unfortunately, it was to be another disappointing night for Celtic, who were defeated 2-0 by La Liga outfit Valencia on Thursday night.
Celtic have always been good value for a European night. Great fans, industrious performances, and some surprising results are usually what you’d associate with the current Scottish champions.
However, Rodgers’ men just haven’t enjoyed their best spell in Europe this season. Having already endured the disappointment of missing out on Champions League qualification, Celtic are now faced with the very real prospect of being dumped out of the Europa in the first round of knockouts.
A buoyant Celtic Park crowd could do little to stop the away side from scoring through World Cup sensation Denis Cheryshev and teammate Sobrino in the 42nd and 49th minute respectively.
Celtic failed to offer much going forwards either side of the goals and allowed Valencia to cruise to victory with relative ease.
Valencia player Ruben Sobrino deservedly collected the Man of the Match award.
However, we’d like to give some credit to Scott Bain for his valiant efforts between the sticks.
Bain, who’s recently replaced Gordon as Celtic’s no.1, showed once again why he’s preferred over his compatriot.
Despite facing perhaps his biggest test in a Celtic shirt, Bain was cool and composed on the ball and clearly very comfortable at playing out.
He may have conceded two on the night, but we’d argue they weren’t his fault and he did extremely well to block a Wass header and Piccini effort to protect his side from further damage.