ANGE POSTECOGLOU made a triple change in the 65th minute as the Celtic manager attempted to freshen up his team in their quest for the first Champions League win at the fourth time of asking.
It was goalless against RB Leipzig and the Hoops had already hit the woodwork twice in the space of seconds when Matt O’Riley rattled the base of the left-hand post with a left-foot effort and Greg Taylor followed up to hit the rebound off the face of the crossbar.
Postecoglou had already been forced to make a change just before the interval with the lively Liel Abada limping off to be replaced by James Forrest.
RESCUE-ACT…Joe Hart denies RB Leipzig’s Willi Orban the opening goal as Greg Taylor looks on.
The Hoops maintained the momentum, but the Greek-Australian gaffer decided to ring the changes 20 minutes into the second-half – and former Celtic favourite Peter Grant believes the switches backfired on his old team.
Giorgos Giakoumakis, Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull were sent on for Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate and Sead Haksabanovic – and 10 minutes later the home side were a goal adrift after Timo Werner headed a left-wing cross from Andre Silva past the helpless Joe Hart.
Grant, in a Daily Record report, said: “Celtic lost a bit with the substitutions and that is disappointing.
“In that five-minute period, they looked all over the place and that gave Leipzig a foothold to score the first goal.”
Champions League ambitions were obliterated when substitute Emil Forsberg fired past Hart for the clincher six minutes from the end.