Celtic failed in their last Champions League campaign on Wednesday, losing 2-1 after extra time to Midtjylland, Denmark, as the Scots collapsed in the second round of qualifying 3-2 on aggregate.
Celtic, the first British club to be crowned European champions in 1967, a year ahead of Manchester United, had only themselves to blame as they lost their minds to throw themselves into the League. Europa, much less lucrative, where they will now face Czech side Jablonec.
Callum McGregor shot into a scorcher to give them hope, coming home from a corner kick to put Celtic ahead three minutes after half-time.
James Forrest should have almost killed the tie then, only to give visitors an incredible chance just after they came on.
The Glasgowians, led by their new Australian coach Ange Postecoglou, regretted that Midtjylland had equalized just after the hour mark as Awer Mabil, with 17 Australian caps to his name, passed goalkeeper Scott Bain.
Celtic quickly fell behind on the night and in total four minutes into the first overtime period Raphael Onyedika shot at close range amid the confusion in Celtic’s defense after a free kick routine.
The Danes will now face experienced Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, who won 2-1 away against Turks Galatasaray to a 7-2 cumulative success in the third qualifying round.
In other games, Sparta Prague came back 2-1 away to oust Rapid Vienna with a 2-0 home comeback and 1991 European champions Red Star Belgrade beat Kazakh Kairat 5- 0 to advance 6-2.
Elsewhere, Greece’s Olympiacos defeated Azerbaijan’s Neftchi Baku 1-0 to complete a 2-0 victory.
Moldovan Sheriff Tiraspol beat Alashkert’s Armenians 3-1 to advance 4-1 on aggregate and Romanians in Cluj were too strong for Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps, who fell 2-0 overnight and 4- 1 in total.
Bulgarians in Ludogorets knocked out Slovenes NS Mura 3-1 overnight and in aggregate, while Swiss Young Boys Berne beat Slovakians in Slovan Bratislava 3-2 on Wednesday after the opening game ended scoreless .
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