Celtic crashed out of the Europa Convention League as they succumbed to a dissapointing 2-Zero defeat to Bodo/Glimt within the Arctic Circle.
The Bhoys had been comfortably outplayed by the Norwegian champions, who rounded off a 5-1 mixture win to achieve the final 16 of the inaugural event.
Similar to the primary leg, Celtic conceded early on and struggled to search out an attacking rhythm.
Ola Solbakken netted inside 9 minutes because the hosts began brightly and Celtic had been outclassed for almost all of the primary half.
There was a little bit of a response from the guests both facet of the break however Hugo Vetlesen killed off any hopes Celtic had of a comeback when he scored within the 69th minute.
Ange Postecoglou has now presided over three event exits as Celtic’s European marketing campaign ended with a seventh defeat in 14 matches.
The cinch Premiership leaders now have home success to give attention to and Postecoglou probably had one eye on Sunday’s go to to Hibernian when he picked his workforce.
Skipper Callum McGregor, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and in-form wingers Jota and Liel Abada had been all named on the bench.
Postecoglou had handed up the prospect to coach on the Aspmyra Stadium’s synthetic floor, which had been cleared of heavy snow, and Celtic discovered themselves going through an early flurry of possibilities.
That they had already survived a penalty declare and a few shut shaves earlier than Solbakken curled residence after Celtic had been left outnumbered when Nir Bitton misplaced possession close to the midway line, though the Israeli claimed for a foul.
Celtic had loads of possession and territory however had been unable to make it depend, in contrast to the Norwegians, who produced 11 first-half photographs to the guests’ one.
Joe Hart saved the rating down with two last-ditch stops from Amahl Pellegrino.
Celtic seemed a bit extra threatening within the closing phases of the half however their solely effort was a comfortably held Giorgos Giakoumakis header, which the Greek striker couldn’t get any energy on given Anthony Ralston’s cross was simply behind him.
Postecoglou introduced on McGregor and Abada for the ineffectual Matt O’Riley and Tom Rogic and switched to a 4-2-Four which helped Celtic push their hosts again within the opening phases of the second half.
That they had an important likelihood for a lifeline when James Forrest’s header put Daizen Maeda in behind however the striker blazed over.
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Vetlesen quickly punished Celtic. The midfielder initially picked the ball up inside his personal half and continued his run into the field after laying the ball off earlier than sweeping residence.
Postecoglou seemed like he was admitting defeat when he changed Giakoumakis with holding midfielder James McCarthy, with the Greek striker’s objectives more and more essential for Celtic’s title hopes amid the continued absence of Kyogo Furuhashi.
Abada had a few possibilities to attain a comfort aim however the usually correct broad man was twice off course.