Date: 13th September 2017 at 8:58am
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By Derek Smithson

Steven Gerrard believes that Celtic are now competing for a Europa League spot after their defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and that it was a huge mismatch.

The Bhoys were hammered on Tuesday night by an impressive French outfit as they lost 5-0 at Parkhead in the Champions League group stages.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were blown away by one of the favourites for the European competition as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scored first-half goals.

A Mikael Lustig own goal and a superb Cavani header in the second-half added further gloss to the scoreline and ensured PSG put down an early market to their European rivals.

The Scottish champions will have been disappointed to be rolled over at home and now turn their attention to Anderlecht in their next game, before they face Bayern Munich.

Premier League legend Gerrard believes there was en enormous gulf in class on Tuesday night and that Celtic must now focus on trying to qualify for the Europa League.

“They are playing for a Europa League spot, it’s a mismatch in terms of financial power between the likes of PSG and Celtic,” Gerrard told BT Sport, as cited by Youtube channel Only Foot. “Brendan is doing an incredible job up there domestically, done fantastic to get to qualification and bring funds into the team to keep building and building. But it was always going to be a tough ask tonight.”

Celtic were drawn a particularly difficult group in the Champions League, with PSG and Bayern the two teams likely to progress.

That would leave the Bhoys and Anderlecht fighting over a third-placed finish to drop down to the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

Rodgers’ side travel to Belgian side Anderlecht in their next European outing in what will be a crucial match.

In other Celtic news, John Hartson has slammed Neymar for his treatment of a Bhoys youngster.

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