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Sunday 8 December 2019

Ryan: We're not steetwise

Lessons: Ryan Christie
Lessons: Ryan Christie

Ryan Christie admits Celtic were not streetwise enough as they lost a lead twice to crash out of the Champions League.

Christie put Celtic 3-2 ahead against Cluj in the 76th minute but the brilliantly worked goal was undone inside four minutes when the Romanians worked space to shoot before Billel Omrani netted from the rebound.

The final blow came after six minutes of stoppage-time but the damage had already been done with Celtic heading out on away goals before the visitors snatched a 4-3 win.

Celtic had earlier bounced back from a tame first-half display to overturn a 1-0 deficit just after the hour mark but Scott Brown's split-second of panic at a corner led to a crazy decision to handle and allow Omrani his first equaliser from the spot.

Christie said: "We need to be more street-smart, especially going up twice in the game and not really managing to see it out. It's a very bitter pill to swallow.

"Everyone is absolutely devastated. Everyone wants to play Champions League football at this club, everyone thinks we deserve to be there but you can't concede four goals at home and expect to go through.

"It's all very raw. Over the next few days we can look back and analyse it a bit more and try and learn from it."

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