Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers Explains Why They Lost To Zenit St Petersburg

Brown didn't even protect his head with a woolly hat as he disembarked the Celtic team bus

Celtic are out of the Europa League after succumbing to a dismal 3-0 defeat in their last 32 second leg match at Zenit St Petersburg.

The tie was effectively sealed on the hour mark, however, as Ivanovic's low cross across the Celtic box found Aleksandr Kokorin at the back post to fire home to make it 3-0 to Roberto Mancini's men.

The one-goal lead from the first leg was reversed before half an hour had been played in Russian Federation as defender Branislav Ivanovic put Zenit in front with a header and Daler Kuzyayev netted in the 27th minute to turn the tie in the hosts' favour.

"Defensively we lacked aggression, particularly in the first half", said Rodgers. We didn't close the space quick enough.

"The corner is something that can happen".

"For the second goal, we didn't engage quickly enough from the throw-in, we were too deep and had to press the guy shooting". It is about having the bravery to play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

"We played a ideal game really in how the players defended and attacked".

The Dons are third in the Premiership, behind Rangers only on goal difference.

"It was disappointing. We gave ourselves a good chance to progress in the first leg and in the end we didn't". In this one, if we had showed more courage and more belief, we could have got a result.

"There is still an very bad lot of work for us to do but, when I take a step back, there have been a lot of positives for us in Europe this season." said Rodgers. Of course we are up against the best of the best, so there was a lot of learning taking place.

"It is probably just consistency. Last week was an outstanding performance and you would think that would allow us to come into this game with confidence".

The Hoops return to domestic duty this Sunday as they travel to face Derek McInnes' Aberdeen.

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