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‘CELTIC PLAYERS SHOULD BE PROUD,’ PETROV

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FORMER fans’ favourite Stan Petrov insisted Celtic should be proud of their Champions League exploits, despite Tuesday’s knock-out blow.

Brendan Rodgers’ side exited Europe’s top-flight competition following their 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich at Parkhead.

Now their focus in on a place in the Europa League with a straight fight between themselves and rock-bottom Anderlecht, a team they walloped 3-0 in Brussels in September.

The ex-Bulgarian international midfielder admitted his old team should not “beat themselves up” over their failure to remain in contention in the Champions League.

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Petrov said: “Celtic played very well and they gave Bayern a very tough game.

“They played with speed, they played with flair, which is something Brendan Rodgers has instilled in the players over the last two seasons, so a performance like that wasn’t a surprise.

“In general, they’ve played against two teams in Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich who are in the top six teams in the world.

“So, I don’t think they should beat themselves up.

“I think they should be proud of their performance and they should look forward more to the next stage in the Europa League.”

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