Premiership giants Celtic have crashed out of the UEFA Europa League after yet another frustrating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Sparta Prague. The away fixture ended the same way the home match did, with Neil Lennon’s side struggling to find any sort of creativity in the final third. The Hoops got off to a great start thanks to the effort by Odsonne Edouard, as he beat a defender with ease before slotting home in style. Some pathetic defending from the Bhoys’ back-line meant that the home side were allowed to come back, after which they never looked like losing the three points.
Here Are The Celtic Player Ratings Vs Sparta Prague:
Celtic Player Ratings Vs Sparta Prague
Scott Bain – 4.5
The keeper was poor on a couple of instances but he couldn’t have helped with the other two goals. Should’ve dealt with the home side’s second, and stayed on the line ahead of their fourth.
Hatem Abd Elhamed – 5
The right-back was caught out of position on a number of occasions, and he should’ve worked harder ahead of the third goal. Did get forward and deliver a couple of neat crosses though.
Christopher Jullien – 5.5
The centre-half was making his return from a long-term injury, and Neil Lennon picked the worst possible game to bring him back in. Made a couple of good tackles but not strong enough.
Kristoffer Ajer – 3
The highly-rated Norwegian centre-half had what can only be described as a stinker in defence tonight. Failed to deal with a number of rather tame crosses and looked shabby all evening.
Diego Laxalt – 6
The Uruguayan speedster was undoubtedly the best of the four Celtic defenders tonight as he didn’t allow Prague too much joy down his flank. Tried to get forward and make things happen too.
Scott Brown – 4
The skipper’s first-half display was nothing short of abysmal tonight, as all he did was chase shadows. Showed very little intent and desire in the core of the side and generally struggled.
Callum McGregor – 5.5
Although the midfielder tried to compose himself and keep things ticking in the engine room, he wasn’t helped out too much by teammates. Needs to be defensively stronger though.
Ryan Christie – 5
The makeshift winger was far from his best today as the Prague defenders completely neutralised his threat down the flank. Tried quite hard but nothing he attempted seemed to come off.
Olivier Ntcham – 4
The Frenchman’s only contributions to the Hoops’ attack tonight was taking up some extra space in the box and giving the Prague defenders an extra man to mark. Produced next to nothing.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – 6
The Norwegian midfielder tried to make things happen in the final third but was properly snuffed out by the home side’s defence. Failed to really capture the imagination in attack though.
Odsonne Edouard – 6.5
The Frenchman, despite not having the best of games, was undoubtedly the Hoops’ best player on the pitch tonight. Did well to score the opener but should’ve scored again in the second half.
Tom Rogic – 5
Came on around the hour mark but wasn’t able to have the influence on the game that Neil Lennon was hoping for.
Patryk Klimala – NA
Didn’t have time to make an impact.