Celtic's fate was sealed by a former Bhoys trialist, George Tucudean

Hatem Abd Elhamed of Celtic  reacts at full time during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August 13, 2019 in...

Celtic are out of the Champions League after defeat to CFR Cluj.

George Tucudean of Romania looks on prior to the the UEFA Nations League C group four match between Serbia and Romania at stadium Partizan on September 10, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Celtic endured an embarrassing Tuesday night, as they were beaten 4-3 by Romanian side CFR Cluj in the Champions League, sending them crashing out of the competition.

Having secured a 1-1 draw in the away leg, Celtic were strong favourites to finish off the job back at Parkhead, but it turned into a dreadful night for Neil Lennon.

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Ciprian Deac's header and a Billel Omrani brace had Cluj drawing 3-3 in the final stages, going through on away goals – but Celtic's fate was made even worse.

 

As they pushed for a dramatic winner, they allowed Cluj to go forward, and George Tucudean gave Cluj the lead on the night and sent the Bhoys into the Europa League qualifiers.

As if the pain of a shock defeat wasn't enough, the fact that it was Tucudean who sealed Celtic's fate makes matters even worse, given that he was with the Bhoys at one point in his career.

The striker recently told the Daily Record that he was on trial with Celtic as a teenager, but felt he was better off heading back home to Romania at that stage in his career.

Hatem Abd Elhamed of Celtic  reacts at full time during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August 13, 2019 in...

Coming back to haunt Celtic is something that few would have predicted when he left the club all those years ago, but the 28-year-old put the final nail in the coffin last night to rub salt in the Celtic wounds.

The Romanian international has been a nomad in his career to date, but with 20 goals in 32 games for Cluj last season, he clearly has quality – and his deft finish last night may have left some wishing he had stayed put at Celtic many years ago.

George Tucudean of Romania during the friendly match between Romania and The Netherlands on November 14, 2017 at Arena National in Bucharest, Romania

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