Celtic crash out of the Champions League

Celtic have been knocked out of the Champions Leagueat in the third qualifying round after losing 4-3 at home to Romanian side CFR Cluj.

Playing in the group stage would have earned the Glasgow club a guaranteed £14m in prize money, but they will now face AIK of Sweden or Sherrif Tiraspol of Moldova in the playoffs of the far less lucrative Europa League.

Celtic had been expected to progress after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but trailed 1-0 at half time at Parkhead and despite scoring three goals in the second half they never looked comfortable in defence.

Manager Neil Lennon was criticised for selecting playmaker Callum McGregor at left-back despite summer signing Boli Bolingoli sitting on the bench, and Celtic could face a tough season with resurgent Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers looking capable of challenging for the title.

Ladbrokes offer 80-1 that Celtic win the Europa League.

Match in Focus

12:30 Sa 19Oct BT1

Everton v West Ham

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Key stats
  • Everton have lost their last four league matches
Expert verdict
Marco Silva is a man under pressure and the Everton manager will come under further scrutiny should his team fail to get a positive result against West Ham. Four consecutive Premier League losses have seen the toiling Toffees slip down to 18th place. The Hammers were made to rue missed chances when they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace last time out but are eighth in the table on merit and are among the teams vying to gatecrash the top six. Both teams are prone to defensive mistakes so backing a barnstormer of a draw looks value.

 

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