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5th Nov, 2017 | 5:33pm

'We missed our chance' - Celtic 26-year-old still hurting over Champions League exit

By Aramide Oladipo

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has revealed that he is still finding it difficult to get over the team’s Champions League elimination.

The 26-year-old made a costly error in the midweek European tie against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as the Hoops bowed out of the competition after losing 2-1 at Celtic Park.

The SPL champions have been knocked out of the Champions League group stages for the second consecutive season and they are now likely to compete in the Europa League.

The Hoops have failed to reach the knockout stages of the competition since the 2012-13 campaign, where they managed to record a memorable victory against Spanish giants Barcelona.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the Belgian admitted that he has still not recovered from his mistake in midweek and he believes that Celtic missed a great chance to beat Bayern.

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“As a footballer, you have to shake it off when something goes wrong,” he said.

“The Champions League is an important tournament so you want to show yourself, prove that Celtic are a good team.

“Tuesday night was an opportunity missed for us.

“To not come away with anything was very sad for us.

“Of course we were proud of showing the fans what we could do. They stayed to clap us off the pitch at the end. But we missed our chance.”

Brendan Rodgers’ men will face another tough task when they travel to the Parc de Princes to take on Ligue side Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the month.

Boyata has struggled with injury problems throughout the start of the season which has seen him only feature in 10 matches.

The defender played the full 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon as Celtic made history and extended their unbeaten domestic run to 63 matches with a 4-0 win over St. Johnstone.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his transfer plans for the January window.

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