'We have to get better' - Rodgers makes claim about Celtic after loss v Bayern
By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that his defence needs to improve after a big error cost them in the 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at Parkhead on Tuesday night.
The result means Celtic can no longer qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League and leaves them looking to the safety net of the Europa League for continental football after Christmas.
Goals from Kinglsey Coman and Javi Martinez secured Bayern’s place in the last-16 after Callum McGregor pulled the Hoops level.
Bayern’s opening goal game as a result of a horrific mix-up between Dedryck Boyata and Craig Gordon after the defender misjudged the flight of a long ball forward to Coman.
Despite the result, Rodgers was happy with his side’s performance but concedes they learned a “harsh lesson.”
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“We are learning at this level,” Rodgers said, as quoted by Eurosport.
“We have to get better in defensive situations at this level.
“But I think our overall game and idea was very, very good.
“It was a harsh lesson for us tonight in terms of the goals we conceded.
“But there are so many positives from the performance.”
The Scottish champions have a three-point lead over Anderlecht in third-place and are in pole position to qualify for the Europa League.
Next up for Brendan Rodgers’ side is a trip to the Parc des Princes to take on Paris Saint-Germain before Anderlecht visit Glasgow in December to finish off the group stage fixtures.
Paris Saint-Germain thumped Anderlecht 5-0 in Paris in Tuesday’s other game to seal their qualification for the last-sixteen.