Barry Ferguson believes Celtic deserved more against Bayern

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on May 03, 2014 in Blackpool, England.

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was mightily impressed with Celtic's performance against Bayern Munich.

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on May 03, 2014 in Blackpool, England.

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has claimed to bookmakers Betsafe that Celtic deserved more than their 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Celtic's dream of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League after Christmas were dashed by the German champions, who booked their place in the last 16 with goals from Kingsley Coman and Javi Martinez.

Callum McGregor had equalised in the second half, but the Hoops were unable to add to their tally despite having chances through Moussa Dembele, Stuart Armstrong and James Forrest.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Ferguson believes the Hoops played well enough to earn all three points against Jupp Heynckes' men, and reserved special praise for Scottish quartet Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong and goalscorer McGregor.

"Celtic were excellent," Ferguson said. "They lacked a bit of confidence after Bayern scored, but overall I was really impressed. Certainly the second half, I thought Celtic came out and took the game to Bayern.

"They thoroughly deserved a point, if not they could have sneaked all three. The Scotland boys; Tierney, Brown, McGregor, Armstrong, they proved to me that they can play at the highest level."

Callum McGregor of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow,...

The Hoops still have to face Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht in Group B of the Champions League as they look to ensure their qualification into the Europa League knockout stages after Christmas by finishing third.

Celtic's immediate focus, though, will be facing St. Johnstone away from home in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, as they look to surpass the unbeaten record by going 63 games without losing in Scottish football.

 

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