Kris Commons on what was 'mind-boggling' in Celtic defeat to Valencia

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 15 Kris Commons of Celtic scores a spectacular volleyed goal from distance in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC...

Celtic suffered a 2-0 defeat to Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Kris Commons of Celtic takes on Steven Lawless of Patrick Thistle during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Patrick Thistle FC and Celtic FC at Firhill Stadium on March 12,...

Kris Commons has told Virgin Media Sport that Celtic's desire to play from the back was "mind-boggling" against Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Hoops were outplayed by the La Liga side at Parkhead as goals from Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino earned Marcelino's side a 2-0 win over the Scottish champions.


At times, Celtic had possession inside their own penalty area and were guilty of losing the ball in the final third as Valencia utilised a high press. Instead of clearing their lines, the Bhoys tried to play their way out of trouble.


Former Celtic star Commons claimed he could not believe that his old side tried to play possession football against a side that take on the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"I cannot imagine that Brendan Rodgers is ordering Jozo Simunovic to play a ball to Scott Bain inside the six-yard box while being pressed," Commons said. "This is Valencia, who are a top team.

"They are playing against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla. They are a top team. It is very difficult to go toe to toe with a football team of this talent, of such organisation over the entire 90 minutes. For me, it's just mind boggling."

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 14:Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen at full time during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on...

Celtic failed to have a shot on target throughout the entire second half of the match, and now face a mammoth task to overcome the 2-0 deficit when they travel to Spain to take on Valencia in the second leg next week.

In the mean time, the Hoops face a difficult Scottish Premiership clash on Sunday afternoon, as they travel to Rugby Park to take on Steve Clarke's high-flying Kilmarnock.

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (R) applauds at the end of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park stadium in...

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