By Will Butcher
Moussa Dembele has revealed his heartache as the Celtic squad travel back to Scotland following their 7-0 Champions League hammering to Barcelona.
The 20-year-old was part of the Hoops’ side that were given a footballing masterclass by the Spanish champions, as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta all found the back of the net and ran riot at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Striker Dembele missed a penalty when his team were 1-0 down and posted on his personal Twitter account that the loss hurts, but is adamant that he “will learn from the best.”
Hard to go bck home with that kind of defeat, it hurts but we learn from the best.Thanks for the support you've been amazing as always ??
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) September 13, 2016
Dembele, who is one of Brendan Rodgers’ five summer signings, went from Celtic hero at the weekend, when he scored a hat-trick in his team’s 5-1 Old Firm triumph over Rangers, to villain as he muffed a spot-kick when his team were only one goal down. Three minutes later, Messi doubled Barca’s lead.
The emphatic loss sees Celtic’s chances of qualifying from the Champions League group stages already slimming, as they must pick up points against Manchester City and German giants Gladbach.
The 47-time Scottish Champions next Champions League fixture comes in the form of Pep Guardiola’s Man City in two weeks time, as they host the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
Celtic are looking to maintain their perfect domestic start to the season with a fifth league win against Inverness on Saturday, after smashing Old Firm rivals Rangers 5-1 last Saturday.
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