Chris Sutton offers instant reaction on Twitter to Celtic's defeat to Barcelona

Celtic team huddle before facing Barcelona

Celtic lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona in the Champions League this evening.

Celtic team huddle before facing BarcelonaCeltic team huddle before facing Barcelona

Celtic's elimination from the Champions League was confirmed this evening as they lost 2-0 at home to Spanish giants Barcelona.

The Bhoys knew that only a win would give them a chance of sneaking into second place, but they couldn't grab a victory over Luis Enrique's side tonight.

Barca had thrashed Celtic 7-0 earlier in the competition, and whilst Brendan Rodgers' men were hoping for some revenge, they were again beaten by the La Liga champions.

Lionel Messi grabbed a goal in each half as Barcelona ran out 2-0 winners, with Celtic not only out of the Champions League, but also left them out of contention for a spot in the Europa League.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Celtic manager Brendan RodgersBarcelona's Luis Suarez and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Ultimately, reaching the group stage itself was a huge success for Rodgers after two failed qualifying campaigns under predecessor Ronny Deila, and tonight – as well as the whole campaign – will be viewed as a learning curve for his side.

After the final whistle, current pundit and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton took to Twitter to offer his reaction to the result and the performance.

Celtic ParkCeltic Park

Sutton suggested that perspective is required from Celtic fans after tonight's defeat, as he feels that the Bhoys made real progress, and even qualifying for the competition was a success for the club.

Sutton took the long-term view, claiming that Celtic will be better for this experience next season, when Rodgers will again be looking to qualify for the group stage of the competition, and return Celtic to being a regular in Europe's premier club competition.

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