BRENDAN RODGERS believes Celtic have made “significant improvement”, despite their European exit after last night’s 2-0 home loss against Barcelona.

Lionel Messi, who who scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 home win over the Hoops in the opening Group C fixture, struck two – one from the penalty spot – to bring down the curtain on the Hoops’ hopes.

The Parkhead men travel to Manchester City for the final fixture on December 6, unable to finish third for a Europa League spot.

However, Rodgers said: “As a coach, you are looking for improvement and I thought we made significant improvement,

“I thought the way we pressed the game was very good and we won the ball back in high areas of the field and when we couldn’t we got defensively very solid.

“They have huge quality, but they didn’t have as near so many chances as what you would normally see in the games they play, so I was very pleased with the performance.

“The first goal I was disappointed with, but the quality and speed of movement caught us out.

“We were always in the game and we had a big chance with a header and another opportunity when we broke away and then you get punished by the penalty.

“Even at 2-0, we still kept fighting and working, but, of course, it becomes that little bit more difficult.”


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