Celtic reach Europa League despite Simunovic gifting Anderlecht win

The big picture shows this as a box ticked by Brendan Rodgers and Celtic. From a Champions League section which also included Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, Europa League football after Christmas was always the fairest of targets.

Nonetheless, Celtic confirmed third place in flat fashion and with only three points. Victory in the head-to-head scenario with Anderlecht was necessary to extend Celtic’s European stay, after the Belgians secured success in Glasgow which should really have been by more than one goal. Celtic were second best in every department.

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