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Celtic fullback doesn’t hold back following Europa League exit

Celtic fullback doesn’t hold back following Europa League exit.

Celtic fullback Greg Taylor has let out his frustrations after they were knocked out of the Europa League by FC Copenhagen.

Neil Lennon’s men came back from Denmark with a positive result in the first leg, clinching an away goal in a 1-1 draw.

Celtic had a great opportunity to advance to the last 16 of the competition, but instead fell to their first defeat of 2020.

Copenhagen had taken the lead early in the second half, before a penalty from Odsonne Edouard levelled the tie for Celtic.

Calamitous defending then led to the Hoops conceding twice in three minutes, as their hopes of advancing were thrown away.

Following the full-time whistle, Celtic defender Taylor didn’t hold back with his comments on the defeat.

“The second half was an even tussle I felt, they came into it a wee bit and we obviously went a goal down,” he commented, as reported by the Glasgow Times.

“But we got ourselves back in the game and we should have kicked on from there, but we shot ourselves in the foot losing a goal so soon after equalising.

“I didn’t feel like there was even a minute between us equalising and them going back in front.

“That is the one thing that doesn’t sit well with us. We got ourselves back into the game and that should have been enough to get us through to extra-time at least.

“Of course, there is no doubt we will look back on this one with a lot of regret.”

To rub salt into the wound further, Celtic had to watch their bitter rivals Rangers progress to the last 16 a night earlier.

Gers could be effected by the Hoops’ defeat though, as it could cost the Scottish Premiership a second Champions League qualifying spot for next season’s competition.

While the league title looks to be staying at Celtic Park, Thursday evening presented a huge opportunity for the reigning Scottish Champions to make a mark in Europe.

It wasn’t to be though, as Lennon’s men will rue that missed opportunity following a nightmare performance.

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