Brendan Rodgers praised Celtic for playing like a proper Champions League team despite the anguish of a home defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Parkhead side threatened to win a precious point after Callum McGregor’s strike cancelled out Kingsley Coman’s first-half opener following slack defending by Dedryck Boyata. It proved futile, however, when Javi Martinez headed Bayern’s winner with 13 minutes to play.
Celtic can still secure Europa League football after Christmas by avoiding defeat against Anderlecht in their final home game in Group B.
Brendan Rodgers praised Celtic for playing like a proper Champions League team
Insisting his team were gutted to lose to a side rejuvented under Jupp Heynckes, Rodgers said: ‘The disappointment in the changing room afterwards leads us to think about how we played tonight. That disappointment shows you how well we played.
‘The level of composure and quality we played with, I was very proud of the team. We caused them lots of problems. Individually, of course, they are world class and you can see that at times.
‘We are disappointed with the goals, you get punished at this level, but overall we looked like a proper team who are developing at this level. Okay, we are disappointed to have lost, but there were so many positives from the game.’
Celtic are out of the Champions League after losing 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday
Celtic began the game the stronger team but Boyata was at fault for Bayern’s 22nd-minute opener, the Belgian defender failing to head a long ball from keeper Sven Ulreich, although Parkhead No 1 Craig Gordon also looked suspect after rushing off his line.
‘We’ve got to deal with it,’ added Rodgers, ‘as simple as that. We’ve got good pressure on their goalkeeper, our positioning is good, so we’ve got to head it and defend it.’
Gordon claimed there had been a handball by Coman before the Frenchman slotted the ball into an unguarded net.