MIKAEL LUSTIG admitted Celtic threw away their chance of European progress with their displays against the minnows of Molde.
The Swedish defender, stand-in skipper for the injured Scott Brown, said: “It has been strange in Europe this season.
“Before, we’ve struggled away from home and not taken points, but now we can go to Ajax and Fenerbahce and get draws. It’s good for the confidence, but there’s still work to do.
“When you look back, it’s the games against Molde that did us. If we could have taken six points there we could have gone through.
“The game against Fenerbahce was the toughest, but we have played against them twice now. We should have won at Celtic Park and we travelled to Turkey and took a point. If you look at both matches against them, we’ve done well.”Lustig, speaking on the official Celtic site, added the experience of this campaign could prove helpful to Hoops’ young squad with players such as Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic as they target another assault on the Champions League after the failure to qualify in the last two seasons.
The cultured right-back said: “Going away from home and getting a result in two hard games in Amsterdam and Istanbul is good.
“There are guys in our team who are playing in Europe for the first time as well, so it’s good for them to get the experience and, hopefully, we’ll do better next year.”
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