Brendan Rodgers: You have to defend properly and we didn't

Craig Gordon is ready for a tough test against AEK Athens

Boyata has won three league titles and three domestic cups since joining Celtic under Rodgers' predecessor Ronny Deila in 2015 and has won 10 worldwide caps, including three appearances at this year's World Cup.

CELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has said that a lack of incoming players during the summer transfer window played a part as their ambitions of reaching the Champions League group stages came to an end against AEK Athens last night.

The Scottish Champions earned almost 30 million euro after the reaching the group stages last season and the prize money has been increased.

Celtic drop into the Europa League play-off round, where they will face Latvia's Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva Marijampole of Lithuania.

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

"I always say you shouldn't have to lose to learn but when you do lose you have to learn so that is our message and we get back to the training field and try to improve", the Ulsterman said.

Within six minutes his side were trailing to a Rodrigo Galo strike.

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Rodgers brought on Dembele for Lustig in the 59th minute but it was Klonaridis who missed a great chance to make it 3-0 when he flashed Livaja's cut-back high over the bar.

Celtic took control, with Tom Rogic and Griffiths both having luckless efforts on goal before the latter sent a fine Callum McGregor cross inches past the post from eight yards.

Scott Sinclair's header with 12 minutes to play left Celtic needing to score once more to progress to the play-off round on away goals.

Rodgers, who was also without suspended defender Kristoffer Ajer, said: "Yes, we were obviously missing our two best centre halves this evening unfortunately".

"We gave AEK a lot of problems but you have to defend properly and we didn't do that".

The Celtic star has been heavily linked with a move away from Parkhead, but Brendan Rodgers still sees him as a key member of his squad.

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