Brendan Rodgers’ odds as first Premiership manager to go slashed by bookies

Doug Mendoza
August 15, 2018

Boyata was absent as Celtic crashed out of the Champions League in Athens on Tuesday night and, though the player says he is injured, manager Brendan Rodgers claimed after the match that the Belgian was fit.

Rodrigo Galo swept in a low cross from the right and Marko Livaja headed in the second for AEK before Scott Sinclair pulled one back for Celtic to set up a dramatic finish.

Brendan Rodgers concedes that Celtic's defending was not good enough during their 2-1 loss to AEK Athens, which knocked the Scots out of the Champions League.

Celtic will next face either Latvians Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian outfit Suduva for a place in the Europa League group stage.

With an early exit from Europe's premier tournament comes significant financial implications as the SPL champions miss out on the riches of the Champions League proper.

I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly.

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Quickfire first-half goals by striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar and defender Matthijs de Ligt put Ajax firmly in control against Standard and David Neres added the icing on the cake with a third shortly after the break.

His agent has also suggested that the defender won't be playing when he is not 100 per cent fit as he doesn't want to risk injury in the final year of his contract with Celtic.

My concentration until I get back is only with the players who were here.

"Is that frustrating? Yeah because he's been with us over the course of our journey for a couple of years".

"But he is not and we need to put the faith in squad that want to be here and want to play for the result".

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