Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Midtjylland and manager Ange Postecoglou has taken responsibility for his side’s exit despite his frustration in the transfer market.
Ange Postecoglou suggested he might not have been forceful enough in his demands for new signings as he took responsibility for Celtic’s latest Champions League failure.
Celtic missed out on the group stages for a fourth year running as a 2-1 extra-time defeat by Midtjylland consigned them to a 3-2 aggregate loss and a Europa League qualifier against Czech side Jablonec.
Celtic have made five summer signings but two of them are in quarantine and another two, young former Sheffield Wednesday pair Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, did not get off the bench in Denmark.
The only new arrival to feature was 19-year-old Liel Abada, who could not build on his goalscoring debut in a quiet display.
I’m the person who has been put in charge. We haven’t got players in, I obviously haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we needed to bring people in.
Postecoglou had a back four with an average age of 21, only had two fit strikers, and replaced Vasilis Barkas with Scott Bain as Celtic’s failure to address their goalkeeping problems again cost them over the two legs.
Few Celtic fans will blame the manager, who expressed frustration over the club’s “hesitation” in the transfer market before the first leg, but the Australian shouldered the burden.