Rodgers: Boyata was fit to play

Rodgers You have to defend properly and we didn’t

Celtic reached the Champions League group stage in the last two seasons but the defeat continues a hard start to the season for Brendan Rodgers' team following a 1-0 defeat to Hearts on Saturday.

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Croatian forward Marko Livaja's strike early in the second half left Celtic needing two unanswered goals to progress.

Celtic substitute Scott Sinclair pulled a goal back in the 78th minute but the Scottish champions could not fashion a second which would have put them through on away goals.

Celtic will next face either Latvians Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian outfit Suduva for a place in the Europa League group stage. "It's important that we have European football this year".

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"At this moment in time we're disappointed with the result of the game and the way we went out". I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can't defend that softly. I still felt this was a game in which we had more than enough to win but you have to defend better than we did.

"When you add that to the goal we conceded in the first leg then we're really disappointed".

Boyata's agent Jacques Lichtenstein claimed the Parkhead club had broken promises to his client, who was the subject of a failed £9million bid from Fulham before the English transfer window closed.

Boyata told Belgian website DH.be: 'When I hear I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it's wrong.

Rodgers said: "Dedryck Boyata is fit, but he's not here with us".

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