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Brendan Rodgers's Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League by AEK Athens as they slumped to a 2-1 loss in their third qualifying round, second leg in Greece on Tuesday.

Celtic will not be playing in the Champions League group stages this season after losing to AEK Athens 2-1 tonight.

Celtic are tied 1-1 with AEK going into Tuesday's second leg, with a Champions League play-off place the prize for the victor.

Rodrigo Galo scored after six minutes for AEK and Marko Livaja made it 2-0 five minutes after half-time.

Parkhead substitute Scott Sinclair pulled a goal back in the 78th minute but despite a grand finale the Scottish champions could not fashion a second which would have put them through on away goals.

Rodgers admitted it was "very difficult" to get his head around his side's defending which left them in a Europa League play-off spot where they will play Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva.

The relationship between Celtic and defender Dedryck Boyata has reached breaking point after Fulham's unsuccessful £9m bid for the Belgium.

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On the game itself, Rodgers said that he felt that his players had showed some good attacking intentions but were ultimately let down by poor defending at the other end of the pitch.

The Belgium global, 27, did not travel with his team-mates to Greece for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens.

But Rodgers insisted that Boyata had been fit to play and pointedly stated they needed all the help they could get to qualify.

"It's disappointing some of the comments of course but we'll deal with it internally".

"In the main, there weren't too many opportunities against us but you can't concede that easily and unfortunately it's cost us".

Now for the first time since his arrival, some ardent Hoops fans feel the club is going backwards in European football.

"I just feel for the players that are here", Rodgers said last night.

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