By STEFAN ARNOTT
KILMARNOCK legend Kris Boyd gave credit to the Celtic coaching staff after the hoops defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday evening.
Boyd admitted that it was a mighty challenge for the home side on Glasgow but he could see that the Catalan giants outclassed the Parkhead side.
“When you look over the two games, it’s been a classic example of men against boys.”
When you come up against arguably the best team in Europe, it’s always going to be difficult.”
However the Kilmarnock striker felt that Celtic weren’t out of their depth in their Champions League group.
“You have to look at the opposition, Manchester City are a fantastic team, Barcelona are what they are and Borussia Monchengladbach are no mugs either.”
Dissecting Celtic’s exit from Europe, Boyd pointed to the fact that Celtic were disappointed with their performance in the home game against Monchengladbach.
“They showed in the away leg that they can compete and probably should have won it if they took their chance right at the end.”
Giving credit to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, he said that the Celtic boss took them into a competition where a few of the players have not been in.
“They’ve not been to the group stages and it’s a big learning curve for those guys and they’ll be looking forward to challenging and the qualification for next year.”
The Killie forward fully expects Celtic to go on to win the league and their biggest task will be to go into the Champions league qualifiers next year and reach the group stages again.
Award winning sports journalist Iain King also gave his views on the Celtic Barcelona game.
King thought that Barcelona had another gear to find and the game could have easily been a higher score.
He agreed with Boyd that Celtic’s biggest chance to play European football after Christmas would have been to take something from the games against Borussia Monchengladbach.
“The game against Borussia Monchengladbach at home was the one where they really let themselves down, because that was a must win game.”
Looking forward to what the future holds for Celtic, King thought that recruitment policy for Celtic was important.
“The recruitment policy on Dembele has certainly been excellent.
Ironically for Celtic to take the next step Celtic probably have to sell Dembele.”