Video - Post mortem begins as Celtic crash out of Champions League

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Celtic boss Ronny Deila faces up to Champions League heartache
Celtic boss Ronny Deila faces up to Champions League heartache

Celtic's Champions League dreams are over for another season after they lost 2-0 to Malmo in their play-off tie, going out 4-3 on aggregate.

Leading 3-2 from the first leg of their play-off clash in Glasgow, the visitors fell behind to a goal from skipper Markus Rosenberg who was banned for the first leg.

However, just before the interval Parkhead midfielder Nir Bitton had the ball in the net from a corner only for Serbian referee Milorad Mazic to award a foul to the home side.

It appeared a harsh decision and there was more woe in the 54th minute when Malmo grabbed their second goal with a header from substitute Felipe Carvalho which Hoops defender Dedryck Boyata could only divert over the line.

"The hype about the Champions League is a big thing. Everybody wants it so badly," said Celtic boss Ronny Deila. 

"You have to deal with it but we looked very stressed. We didn't look like we wanted to go out and play football. We have a lot of young players coming through but this was a hard lesson for us.

"The disallowed goal was a big mistake. It could have changed the game, it is very disappointing. There are a lot of disappointed coaches and players in there.

"We have to get back on track again. We have shown that (the Europa League) is the level we are at. Stefan Johansen is 23, he has never played in the Champions League. Seven of the players have never been in the Champions League before."

Celtic will now play in the Europa League this season, but that was of little consolation to skipper Scott Brown, who pulled few punches as he admitted his side were not good enough to progress as he spoke to BT Sport:

Former Celtic striker John Hartson admitted he has fears for the club as they prepare for another season without Champions League football: