Former Celtic captain's reaction to Leverkusen loss

Celtic succumbed to a heavy defeat against a very talented Bayer Leverkusen side last night in Matchday 2 of the Europa League.


The result leaves Ange Postecoglou's men bottom of Group G with zero points and a goal difference of -5 before the crucial double header to Ferencvaros.


In an expansive game of football, equal measures of profligacy and carelessness in Celtic colours, led to the home side being on the wrong end of a 4-0 defeat. Bizarrely, it's likely to be the most evenly contested 4-0 defeat you'll ever witness.


Don't get me wrong, Leverkusen absolutely deserved to win and were a class above in the matches' big moments, but Celtic's downfall was largely self-engineered, yet again.


The returning, and normally prolific, Kyogo, failed to convert any of his three one-on-one opportunities. In part due to excellent defending, fantastic goalkeeping and another due to a lack of composure.


Carl Starfelt had the outstanding, Lukáš Hrádecký, at full stretch to tip his volleyed effort round the post. For good measure, the Finish international then replicated that feat when thwarting Kyogo's left-footed strike that look destined for the top corner, in a Man of the Match display, from the stopper of Czech descent.


Celtic actually enjoyed more possession (55%) than their German counterparts and matched them for shots at goal (18) but ultimately the Bundesliga team were more clinical and less careless.


Read more: Celtic vs Leverkusen: 3 things we hope Ange learnt


BT Sport pundit was not impressed

Former Celtic Manager Paul Lambert

Former Celtic captain, Paul Lambert, was in the BT studio covering the match and had choice words as the full-time whistle blew:


"Celtic’s not a developing club, it needs [to be] winning. If you play here you have to win games. You can be nearly, nearly, nearly all you want - it doesn’t matter.
If you don’t win here you’ll get criticised because of the size of the club. That’s the one thing that annoys me with it - ah, we’re unlucky, we’re unlucky. This club is built on winning."

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder went on to add:


“That goes back to the great Jock Stein era and the Lisbon Lions. For me the club is in danger of being on the peripheral [sic]. There has got to be a reaction up at Aberdeen on Sunday."

Do you agree with Lambert's overall comments? Sunday's match is a must-win for sure. Let us know below.