Celtic suffered a setback in their pursuit of qualification into the Europa League knockout round after losing 3-1 to Red Bull Salzburg at the Red Bull arena on Thursday.
The Bhoys took the lead early in the game courtesy of Odsonne Edouard, but Salzburg levelled things up before going in front thanks to goals from Moanes Dabour and Takumi Minamino in the space of six second-half minutes.
Dabour then ended any chance the Glasgow club had of getting back in the game when he converted a penalty in the 73rd minute, and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has since come out to credit Salzburg for their performance.
“They are a Champions League team,” Tierney was quoted saying on the Belfast Telegraph. “The standard they play at, the pressure, it is a very hard place to go and get a result.
“Their record in the past shows that, so we are obviously disappointed but we know it is a great team we played against.”
“We knew it was going to be tough, we are obviously disappointed.”
Despite their struggles in the SPL this season, Brendan Rodgers’ men are still expected to win the title and add further to their dominance of Scottish Football.
Where Celtic have stumbled, however, is in European competitions with not enough being done in the transfer market to help the club progress to that next level.
And defeat against Salzburg shows just how far this current team are from being able to really make their mark in either the Champions League or Europa League.
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