Celtic showed a lot of fight last night against Inter but it wasn't enough to help them through in the Europa League.
Ronny Deila’s Celtic had a difficult night at the office against Inter Milan, losing 1-0 and going out of the Europa League.
The Bhoys went into the game at the San Siro full of belief that a win was possible, but they struggled to get a hold of the game, eventually losing with only ten men after Virgil van Dijk was sent off for two yellow cards.
Here are five things we learned about the Bhoys from the performance.
Can’t fault the work rate
Celtic worked their socks off and did well to keep themselves in the game for the best part of an hour. The heroic effort by the side’s midfield and defence is all that would be talked about had they stolen a win.
Scott Brown as important as ever
Brown’s role and metal as captain was tested last night and he passed with flying colours. He kept the side organised during a difficult opening period and kept the defence structured after van Dijk has been sent off.
Discipline needs to be better
The discipline in this Celtic side needs to be better. Van Dijk was sent off, the side conceded late on and five other players were booked over the course of the game. It’s a message Deila is likely to stress in training over the next few days.
Number of fouls has to come down
In all Celtic committed 22 fouls over the course of the game. Not only does that relate back to the point about discipline, it created breaks in play for Inter to have a breather and allowed them to maintain pressure.
The frustration must be used positively
There was evidence of two or three Celtic players looking extremely frustrated at the final whistle. The passion which creates that frustration is admirable, but it’s important the side uses that to their advantage against Aberdeen this weekend.