Former Rangers star Kris Boyd simply couldn’t resist poking fun at arch-rivals Celtic after Neil Lennon’s side crashed out of the Champions League to Hungarian minnows Ferencvaros on Wednesday night.
Ryan Christie gave Celtic a glimmer of hope with a deflected strike just after half-time to cancel out David Siger’s superb 7th-minute effort in Glasgow.
But the visitors refused to lie down and restored their lead with 15 minutes remaining of the one-legged tie as Tokmac Nguen beat Hatem Abd Elhamed for pace down the left flank before slotting the ball past Vasilis Barkas.
Ferencvaros held on to secure a 2-1 victory and the result means Celtic must settle for a place in the Europa League third qualifying round ahead of Thursday’s draw.
It’s the earliest Celtic have been eliminated from Europe’s premier competition in 15 years.
Ex-Rangers striker Boyd, who enjoyed two separate spells at Ibrox during his playing days, wasted no time in trolling the Scottish champions as he took to Instagram in the wake of their crushing defeat.
‘Don’t usually drink during the week but these Hungarian beers are decent, going to have a few tonight,’ he shared, along with a cheeky winking emoji.
The former Scotland international has since deleted the post.
Lennon accused Celtic’s players of making the same old mistakes after his side were knocked out of the Champions League and Europa League in similar fashion by Cluj and FC Copenhagen respectively last season.
‘We seem to have made the same mistakes as last year,’ the Celtic head coach said shortly after the final whistle.
‘The first goal we can maybe legislate for a little bit but the second goal is really poor decision-making.
‘I don’t know if it’s attitude or mentality but it’s cost us again. I’ll have to carry the can, and take the responsibility for it.’
Lennon continued: ‘The game was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be, but we didn’t take our chances and we had plenty of them.
‘I’m not saying Ferencvaros are a bad team – they’re not – but we had so much control we should have won. That doesn’t make us weak, it doesn’t make me weak, but people will cast aspersions.’
Asked what message he would like to pass on to his squad, Lennon replied: ‘Get your mentality right, get your attitude right.
‘If some of you don’t want to be here, leave.’
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