Celtic were thrashed 4-0 by Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League with boss Ange Postecoglou admitting that they must secure the double against the bottom of the table Ferencvaros to keep any knockout hopes alive. Piero Hincapie scored for the visitors before Florian Witz doubled their lead before the halftime whistle. Celtic came back stronger in the second half but it was the visitors who scored from the penalty spot through Lucas Alario. Amine Adil came on as a substitute to score the fourth moments before the final whistle.
“That was the disappointing thing tonight, I thought we fell away at the end and there was no need to.” Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou said. “We were still creating chances and if you get a goal you are back in the game, at least you don’t get the score to blow out because you want to give yourself a chance in the competition. We have to win both these games if we want to stay alive so it is a good challenge for us.”
“If you lose 4-0, the overwhelming feeling is that it has been a disappointing night, disappointing for the fans who I thought created an unbelievable atmosphere,” he added. “We have to take that disappointment and use it as motivation to set things right in the next game. In many respects, we created some of the issues for ourselves. We had some unbelievable opportunities, they are a good side with some quality players and they took their opportunities but we helped them as well by making some mistakes and gave them the advantage.”
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