Greek tragedy as AEK knock Rogic's Celtic 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 crashed out of the Champions League at the third round of qualifying after a disappointing 3-2 aggregate loss against Greek side AEK and as far as Chris Sutton is concerned, the blame lies with the hierarchy.

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

The outcome was a bitter blow for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers while AEK will be relishing a two-legged clash with Hungarians Vidi FC for a berth in the lucrative group stage of the competition.

But Celtic continued to look susceptible to the counter and it was not a huge surprise when AEK got themselves a second in the 50th minute, as Marko Livaja nodded in from close range after Vassilis Lambropoulos headed a free-kick down to the former Inter man.

Celtic will now contest a Europa League playoff round tie with Latvia's Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva Marijampole of Lithuania.

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"At this moment in time we're disappointed with the result of the game and the way we went out".

Fulham had a bid rejected for the 27-year-old last week.

Rodgers, who was also without suspended defender Kristoffer Ajer, said: "Yes, we were obviously missing our two best centre halves this evening unfortunately".

When asked if this ongoing saga might prove a distraction to his side's mission in Athens, the Hoops boss said: "More sad than a distraction".

Boyata told Belgian website DH.be: 'When I hear I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it's wrong.

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