Sutton criticises Celtic's spending as they exit Champions League

McGinn trains at Aston Villa after clever work from Dempster

They have spent £2m on disco lights at Celtic Park for Champions League nights.

Scott Sinclair responded with a header but it was not enough to prevent Celtic going out of the Champions League at AEK Athens.

"I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly", Celtic manager Rodgers told BT Sport. "Invest in the playing squad".

But Celtic continued to look susceptible to the counter and it was not a huge surprise when AEK got themselves a second in the 50th minute, as Marko Livaja nodded in from close range after Vassilis Lambropoulos headed a free-kick down to the former Inter man.

Celtic turned Odsonne Edouard's loan transfer into a permanent deal during the summer but otherwise have done little major business, while doubts surround the commitment of defender Dedryck Boyata who insists he is injured and not shirking his duties.

Red Star, who have never qualified for the Champions League group stage, will meet Salzburg after the Austrian team strolled into the playoffs with a 4-0 defeat of Macedonians Shkendija.

Celtic took control, with Tom Rogic and Griffiths both having luckless efforts on goal before the latter sent a fine Callum McGregor cross inches past the post from eight yards.

Celtic will next face either Latvians Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian outfit Suduva for a place in the Europa League group stage.

Ajax's reward is an intriguing play-off tie with Dynamo Kiev, who eliminated Slavia Prague 3-1 on aggregate after goals from Benjamin Verbic and Artem Besedin secured a 2-0 home win over the Czechs.



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