Midfielder Ryan Christie admits Celtic were not streetwise enough following their early exit in the champions league on Tuesday night as they twice lost a lead to crash out.
Shortly after Christie put Celtic 3-2 ahead against Cluj in the 76th minute had the Romanians with the achievement of team work undone the incredible worked-goal inside four minutes to shoot before Billel Omrani scores for the rebound.
After six minutes of stoppage-time welcomed the shocking moments but the damage had already been done with Neil Lennon’s squad heading out on away goals before the intruders snatched the game with a lead 4-3.
Bouncing back from a tame first-half display to overturn a 1-0 deficit was celtic’s move just after the hour mark but Scott Brown’s split-second of panic at a corner amounted to a crazy arrangements to handle and permit Omrani his first equaliser from that 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, but when you go a goal up, especially in Champions League football, especially when you are at home, that should be the tie over”
“We wanted to keep going and get a bit more of a cushion but at the same time we need to keep the back door shut and we didn’t do that.”
Ryan Christie’s goal was his eighth of the season and he was targeting the form to the biggest club stage.
The 24 year old Midfielder couldn’t break into the team when Celtic played in the group stages in Brendan Rodgers’ first season, and was on loan at Aberdeen Following their qualification the next year.
“Since I broke in last year, me more than anyone else, I was desperate for Champions League football this season,” He said.