Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Shay Given says Celtic need to change the way they play

Shay Given says Celtic need to change the way they play

A second-half own goal from Jozo Simunovic gave the Belgian visitors victory, ensuring both teams finished on three points, with Celtic progressing courtesy of a better head-to-head record after a 3-0 win in Belgium.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his side after they secured qualification to the Europa League, despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat in their final Champions League Group C game at home to Anderlecht.

"The best team won, they were better than us", Rodgers said.

"There is vast pride but it is hard to feel that when you have lost". Some of the players were short in their decision-making and we were not so good. The first half especially, we didn't manage to keep the ball.

"Them having to chase the game, they played much quicker and we were poor in our ball possession".

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Speaking to France Football , he said: "My future is clearly elsewhere than in Seville. I've come to see my son who lives here and to spend some time with him.

"Midway through the first half we had to change tactically and I was thankful to be in 0-0 at half-time.bSecond-half we were better, we were able to stem the flow and be a threat". Maybe some of players felt they have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level. But we've shown over the course of this campaign that we can be better'.

The Bhoys have in contrast struggled in Europe, but would take qualifying for the Europa League as a positive sign.

"We were the fourth seeds coming into this and there is enormous pride that we got the job done".

"We're looking forward to it".

"Tonight is an example of the long, long way to go and the gap there is between the teams at the very top end of European football and even those in behind that". We're not going to finish above PSG and Bayern Munich, so could we then challenge the third seeded team in the group which was Anderlecht, who operate on a much greater budge than ourselves.

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