Celtic dumped out of Europa League by Zenit St Petersburg

Celtic dumped out of Europa League by Zenit St Petersburg

Returning defender Branislav Ivanovic, celebrating his 34th birthday, put Zenit in front with a header from a poorly defended corner in the eighth minute before attacker Daler Kuzyaev fired in a long-range drive in the 27th minute which had Parkhead keeper Dorus de Vries grasping air.

Defeat in Russian Federation means Celtic have failed to reach the last 16 of a European tournament since the 2012-13 Champions League, leaving Brendan Rodgers frustrated with his side's showing.

A goal was still all Celtic needed to go through but in the 61st minute striker Aleksandr Kokorin made it 3-0 on the night to end the Scottish champions' hopes of reaching the last 16.

Manager Rodgers will be disappointed to have gone out after such a spirited first leg display, but it was once again his side's defending which proved to be the Achilles heel of his team.

"I don't feel that we can win because there are many strong teams and we are a young team", the Italian told BT Sport.

"Last week I think we showed that when our concentration is at its best and we defend forward we can defend really well".

"I think there's still an terrible lot of work for us to do, but there have been a lot of positives for us in both competitions". Across two games, we were much better than them in the first game. "Defensively we gave away three very poor goals".

Here are the player ratings for tonight's game.

With a lead to protect and the clock on their side, Zenit comfortably held firm through to the final whistle to secure a place in Friday's draw for the next round.

Rodgers kept faith with the same XI that started the first leg in Glasgow, hardly a surprise after he branded their performance at Celtic Park as "brilliant" in the immediate aftermath.

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