Lennon slams Celtic display
Celtic boss Neil Lennon says his side “threw away” their place in the Champions League play-off round after a 4-3 second leg loss to CFR Cluj.
The Hoops had home advantage on Tuesday but couldn’t make it count as they crashed out of Europe’s premier club competition at the third qualifying stage.
Despite leading on two occasions against the Romanians, the Scottish giants were eventually knocked out 5-4 on aggregate.
Goals from James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie looked to be enough but Cluj responded late on.
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Omrani and George Tucudean struck to seal Celtic’s fate and it means the Bhoys drop into the Europa League play-off round, much to Lennon’s frustration.
“We had the lead and we’ve let it slip through our own decision making,” Lennon told BBC Scotland.
“The goals we conceded are crazy. You’ve got to do the basics well – you’ve got to stop crosses, close people down, get your head on things – and it was almost as if we scored and wanted to switch off.
“We’ve only ourselves to blame. If you don’t do the basics defensively well enough then at this level you get punished. We’ve let it go.”