Celtic crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday following their defeat in Valencia.
Andy Walker made a huge claim that ‘for the first time in a long time’ Celtic were competitive in an away European tie despite their 1-0 second-leg defeat to Valencia on Thursday night.
Brendan Rodgers side, who were already 2-0 down from the first leg, suffered a narrow defeat in Spain with defender Jeremy Toljan being sent off in the first half.
Before the match, Celtic were already facing an uphill task in progressing through to the next round of the Europa League, but despite the pressure, they produced a strong display for large parts of the match.
Sky Sports pundit Walker insisted that if Toljan didn’t see red then his former side would have had a ‘really good chance’ in causing an upset on the night.
“I am sure when Brendan Rodgers looks back on the 90 minutes, he will appreciate that for the first time in a long time away from home in a European tie, Celtic have been competitive,” Walker told Sky Sports News 21/02/2019.
“They were 2-0 down, they had a go. The formation was good and the players seemed comfortable in it. But for that red card to Toljan in the first half, I think Celtic would have a really good chance here.”
In the game in itself, Kevin Gameiro scored the only goal of the match with 20 minutes left on the clock, which ended the Scotland club’s hopes of progressing.
The disappointment for Rodgers will be that his players gave away a two-goal lead in Glasgow beforehand which all but ended their hopes of progressing.
Had Celtic even picked up a draw on home soil then it could have been a different story for the Scottish Premiership side, who will now focus on domestic matters.
The Bhoys hold an eight-point lead at the top of the table and Rodgers will be hoping his team can continue their dominance in Scotland’s top-flight.