‘HARD TO TAKE,’ ADMITS LUSTIG

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MIKAEL LUSTIG has admitted Celtic’s Champions League exit had been “tough to take”.

But the Swedish defender insisted the Hoops will come roaring back after the disappointment of failing to overcome AEK Athens in the third round.

Lustig said: “I think we played good football both home and away, but we needed to score more and we needed to defend better,.

“It was hard to take, but you need to bounce back – that’s what makes a team a really good team.

“We have lost two games in a row and we need to get back on the horse.”

The international right-back was hauled off in Athens on the hour mark to make way for Moussa Dembele as Brendan Rodgers reshaped the formation in a bid to turn things around.

Lustig came in for some criticism for his part played in the loss of all three goals. He appeared slow to close down the cross for the Greeks’ goal in Glasgow and similarly the early opener in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

And he conceded the free-kick from which the home side got the second and winning goal when Marko Livaja was left unmarked to head past the exposed Craig Gordon.

Rodgers’ team choice for the Betfred League Cup-tie against Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday will make interesting reading.

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