Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has confessed that Celtic’s “lack of quality” contributed to their 1-0 defeat to Anderlecht.
The Hoops qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League but their Champions League campaign ended in yet another defeat as they lost to the Belgian Champions.
But their Champions League campaign was a let down, with only one victory – the 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Belgium – and five defeats, including three reverses at Celtic Park.
The 21-year-old French striker, as quoted by Celtic’s official website, admitted that both his and the team’s performance failed to meet expectations.
“We just had a lack of quality. We just didn’t play our football and that’s what has cost us” he said, referring to the very few chances created by the Scottish champions.
He went on: “We just need character. That’s what we have to learn from it but I’m sure we have the quality for that.”
Dembele’s night ended when he was replace by Odsonne Edouard after struggling to get into the game.
The French Under-21 international scored one goal in this season’s Champions League against PSG, as injuries limited his participation in the competition.
He will still be a key man for the Celts as they bid to make an impression in the Europa League.
Celtic return to league duty in their next match as the busy December schedule continues.
The Hoops travel to Edinburgh to face former manager Neil Lennon’s Hibs as they look to preserve their seven point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiersip.
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