Former Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has slammed the attitude and mentality shown by the Hoops side in their Europa League exit to Zenit.
Dalglish, writing in his column in the Sunday Post, claims that the players didn’t believe they could get back into the tie even when they trailed by only one goal, in the game which ended 3-0.
“What did disappoint me about Thursday in Russia was, even when Celtic were two goals down, they still only needed one goal to go through,” the former Hoops manager said.
“Yet their heads seemed to be down and they looked as though they didn’t believe they could get through.
“So, they may well need to develop a slightly stronger mentality on the European stage when things aren’t quite going their way.”
The Hoops were never in the game after Branislav Ivanovic’s early goal levelled the tie on aggregate, and Roberto Mancini’s side were worthy winners on the night.
The result was deeply disappointing for the Hoops support, as the Bhoys dominated the first leg in the same way Zenit dominated the second, but all they had to show for it was one goal by Callum McGregor.
Brendan Rodgers and his players don’t have much time to dwell on their European exit however, as the Hoops are back in action on Sunday, in a must-win league match against Aberdeen.
Rangers’ 2-0 victory over Hearts on Saturday has saw the Gers cut the gap at the top of the table to only six points, although the Bhoys can extend the lead to nine points with victory at Pittodrie.
Despite the midweek defeat, the Bhoys have won their last nine matches in all competitions against Derek McInnes’ side and supporters will be confident of a victory.
In other Celtic news, Mikael Lustig has hit back at critics of the Hoops team