Qualifying For The Europa League A Massive Achievement - Brendan Rodgers


Instead, he is happy for Anderlecht to be more patient and stay in the game for as long as possible.

Anderlecht finished in last position and are out of Europe.

"Overall, the best team won, but the bigger picture was to get through to the Europa League by finishing third and that would be a massive achievement", Rodgers told BBC Sport after the game.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon said that the nature of the game, where Celtic knew that anything less than a 3-0 defeat would ensure progress, meant an unusual approach even when a goal down. Not too many. He wasn't over the top.

'Midway through that first half had to change it tactically to try to stem the flow of the game but I was thankful to get in at 0-0 at half-time.

The Parkhead manager admitted the result was a wake-up call for certain members of his squad as he said: "Some of our players have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level".

"But to overcome the three-goal difference to continue, everything has to be ideal and we also need all the luck in the world", he admitted. "We want to give the supporters a Champions League win at home".

"We were fourth seeds and managed to finish third, and that was our aim at the start of the campaign - but it's still a bit bittersweet".

"The main thing was that we did what we set out at the start of the group to do and we've got to the Europa League". For that they deserve a huge amount of credit.

The only teams to have beaten Celtic by three goals or more this season are Paris Saint-Germain - who did it twice - and Bayern Munich, indicating the scale of the task facing the Belgians.

'The club hadn't qualified for the Champions League for a few seasons but in the last couple of seasons we have qualified, which is brilliant for us but we want to then make the next step.

'We've done that. So next year it doesn't get any easier, if anything it'll become more hard'.