Awer Mabil’s equaliser compelled extra-time
Beleaguered Celtic’s Champions League hopes ended within the second qualifying spherical for the second consecutive yr as a callow aspect had been undone in extra-time by Denmark’s Midtjylland.
Raphael Onyedika side-footed residence the essential blow three minutes into the added interval after Callum McGregor’s gorgeous volley had put Celtic in entrance for the second time within the tie.
However defensive frailties value them once more as Awer Mabil levelled earlier than Onyedika pounced to depart Celtic floored and sure for the Europa League.
They are going to face Czech aspect FK Jablonec within the third qualifying spherical subsequent week, whereas Midtjylland go on to face PSV Eindhoven in European soccer’s premier competitors.
The outcome emphasises the size of the duty dealing with Ange Postecoglou as he makes an attempt to rebuild a light-weight squad.
Celtic’s pre-season has been dominated by discuss from followers, pundits, and Postecoglou himself, in regards to the lack of signings, with quarantine additionally denying them the providers of recruits Carl Starfelt and Kyogo Furuhashi.
The actual fact they lined up with a defence with a mean age of 21 informed its personal story, and the supervisor stated it greatest this week when he referred to the group “flying by the seat of its pants”.
However as in Glasgow final week they seemed the extra assured aspect within the first half, and McGregor supplied the spark his group had been looking for simply two minutes into the second interval as he took the ball on his chest earlier than hooking it into the highest right-hand nook.
The aim oozed class and gave Celtic the platform to kick on, and substitute James Forrest got here so near bolstering their benefit on the hour mark as he slid the ball huge after run.
And, simply as within the first leg when Edouard handed up a one-on-one, they had been punished for his or her profligacy. Midtjylland had not registered a shot by this level, however inside two minutes of Forrest’s effort Mabil levelled.
The Australian worldwide ghosted between Dane Murray and Greg Taylor to nod residence a floated cross, emphasising the inexperience of the Celtic backline and the overall anxiousness which has surrounded the group within the final 12 months.
That solely swelled from that second on because the Danish aspect – roared on by about 6,000 of their followers – grew in confidence, and Victor Lind missed a golden likelihood to win the tie in stoppage time as he evaded 18-year-old Murray.
However Celtic had been made to pay quickly after as Evander floated in one other supply, which Henrik Dalsgaard steered into Onyedika’s path, and the Nigerian had time to take a contact and dispatch from six yards out.
Man of the match – Evander
The Midtjylland quantity 10 was a hazard along with his high quality supply
What did we be taught?
Celtic are as distant from being a Champions League group stage membership as they’ve been in a very long time. Regardless of their decade of dominance in Scotland, they’ve drifted farther from Europe’s elite with each passing season.
It’s honest to analyse the efficiency on the pitch, however solely within the inescapable context of the squad Postecoglou has to work with.
To start a Champions League qualifying marketing campaign with a centre-back pairing aged 18 and 21, no clear first-choice full-backs or goalkeeper, and a striker in Edouard who clearly sees his future elsewhere is scarcely plausible within the eyes of most Celtic followers. And that is not even the complete extent of their issues.
The membership has no head of recruitment, no sporting director and try their largest rebuild in 20 years. Postecoglou says he walked into this job along with his eyes huge open, and he’ll largely obtain a move within the circumstances, however with every passing sport the size of the problem grows.
Throughout each legs there have been indicators of his excessive urgent, vertical fashion, however the Australian wants each time and signings to have any hope of success within the brief to medium time period. It is positive to be a bumpy trip.
Celtic do not have a lot time to shake off this newest blow as they open their Scottish Premiership marketing campaign away to newly-promoted Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday (20:00 BST).
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Match ends, FC Midtjylland 2, Celtic 1.
Second Half Further Time ends, FC Midtjylland 2, Celtic 1.
Nook, FC Midtjylland. Conceded by Adam Montgomery.
Nook, FC Midtjylland. Conceded by Callum McGregor.
Nook, FC Midtjylland. Conceded by Scott Bain.
Try saved. Victor Lind (FC Midtjylland) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Evander.
Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).
Pione Sisto (FC Midtjylland) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Try missed. Erik Sviatchenko (FC Midtjylland) left footed shot from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the left following a nook.
Nook, FC Midtjylland. Conceded by Adam Montgomery.
Pione Sisto (FC Midtjylland) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Albian Ajeti (Celtic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Pione Sisto (FC Midtjylland).
Substitution, FC Midtjylland. Rasmus Nicolaisen replaces Juninho.
Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dion Cools (FC Midtjylland).
Albian Ajeti (Celtic) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Albian Ajeti (Celtic).
Nikolas Dyhr (FC Midtjylland) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.