Celtic captain Scott Brown has admitted he is disappointed despite the Hoops qualifying for the last 32 of the Europa League.
The Bhoys went down to an insipid 1-0 defeat to an Anderelcht side that hadn’t won a point in the Champions League before the game in Glasgow on Tuesday night.
The first-half in particular was an embarrassment as the Belgian champions gave their Scottish champions the runaround.
Brendan Rodgers made two changes at half-time and there was an improvement but a Jozo Simunovic own goal gave Anderlecht the three points.
As quoted by STV after the game, Brown admitted that staying in Europe after Christmas seemed hollow following the poor performance.
“It was quite disappointing, to be perfectly honest, they’ve played us at our own game,” he said.
“The main thing was that we did what we set out at the start of the group to do and we’ve got to the Europa League…everyone in that changing room is a little bit disappointed that we didn’t manage to get the ball and play our own game.”
Brown turned in a fine individual performance as he tried to drive the Bhoys on but his team-mates seemed paralysed by fear that they would succumb to the heavy defeat that allow Anderlecht to clinch third place.
The draw for the Europa League last 32 is made on the 11th of December, the Hoops aren’t seeded for the competition and are liable to be drawn in a difficult tie.
The Bhoys return to domestic duty against Hibs at the weekend, as they defend their 67 game domestic unbeaten run.
In other Celtic news, fans praised Olivier Ntcham after his performance against Anderlecht