The slow start of the Celtic summer transition hurt them as they were dumped out of the Champions League by Midtjylland. Celtic once again could not hold onto their lead and ended up losing 2-1 in extra time. This is the fourth year in a row where Celtic have not been able to make the group stage.
Callum McGregor gave Celtic the lead with a spectacular goal in the 48th minute. Awer Mabil then equalised for the hosts just seconds before James Forrest missed a sitter. Although Celtic were the better team in normal time, they ran out of steam in extra time. Raphael Nwadike scored the winner early in extra time to give the danish side the win.
Midtjylland: Lossl (6), Andersson (7), Dalsgaard (8), Sviatchenko (7), Paulinho (7), Juninho (7), Evander (8), Mabil (7), Charles (6), Junior Brumado (6), Sisto (7).
Subs: Cools (6), Nicolaisen (6), Dyhr (6), Mads Hansen (6), Lind (7), Onyedika (8).
Celtic: Bain (7), Ralston (7), Welsh (6), Murray (6), Taylor (5), Turnbull (6), Soro (5), McGregor (6), Edouard (4), Abada (4), Christie (6).
Subs: Ajeti (5), Rogic (n/a), Forrest (6), Montgomery (n/a).
Man of the match: Evander.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “I take responsibility. I’m the person who has been put in charge. We haven’t got players in, I obviously haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we needed to bring people in.” he said after Celtic lost to Midtjylland. “I’m not going to shy away from it. I don’t say that because I’m some kind of martyr, I just think that’s my responsibility, that’s why I was brought in.”
“I have been trying to be as forceful as I can about what we need to bring in, and the challenges we have had are well chronicled,” he added. “Irrespective of the result tonight, we still need reinforcements. We had a really young squad out there, young players on the bench. It’s not a situation we need to be in.”