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Celtic legend singles out defender following Europa League exit

Celtic legend Pat Bonner singles out one man following Europa League exit.

Celtic legend Pat Bonner had harsh words for Jozo Simunovic following their Europa League defeat to FC Copenhagen.

The Hoops took a positive first leg result into their clash at Celtic Park, coming away from Denmark with an away goal in a 1-1 draw.

Despite that, a calamitous defensive display saw Celtic fall to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Copenhagen.

It was a huge opportunity for Neil Lennon’s side to reach the last 16 of the Europa League, however it turned into a nightmare evening for the boys in green.

Bonner didn’t hold back at full-time, and was critical of their first goal which led to a disastrous defeat for Celtic.

“The first goal was key for me,” he told BBC Sport following the full-time whistle.

“Jozo Simunovic lets the ball bounce and run down the side of him when he should have been booting it into the stands.

“I’ve seen Simunovic make that mistake so many times.”

Celtic responded well to going a goal down, with Odsonne Edouard keeping a cool head to score a penalty and level the tie.

Simunovic and his fellow defenders couldn’t hold out though, as two goals in three minutes stunned Celtic Park and put the game well beyond their reach.

Simunovic has been with Celtic since 2015 but hasn’t been a regular in the starting 11, making 16 appearances this season for Lennon’s side.

Simunovic featured in the first leg draw, as the Hoops thought they had one foot in the last 16 of the competition.

It wasn’t to be though, with Celtic dumped out and left to concentrate on securing the league title, as they have a comfortable lead at the top.

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