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Ange Postecoglou told his Celtic players that they should not feel sorry for themselves after being shocked by Bodo / Glimt in the Europa Conference League.
The Scottish Premier League leaders lost 3-1 at Celtic Park on Thursday in the first match of their play-offs against the Norwegian champions.
Runar Espejord scored after just five minutes and 58 seconds to shock a packed home crowd in Glasgow, with Amahl Pellegrino making it 2-0 early in the second half from close range.
Daizen Maeda headed a lifeline in for Celtic only for Hugo Vetlesen’s deflected shot to beat Joe Hart barely two minutes later and put Bodo / Glimt in control of the draw.
Still, Postecoglou, who saw his team only clear six shots on goal despite nearly 63 percent of the ball, does not think a comeback is beyond Celtic’s abilities.
“Obviously this is not the result we wanted and from our perspective we were not able to reach the levels we were hoping for,” he said according to the club’s website.
“We controlled the game most of the time, but of course they got their goals and they were pretty clinical in the way they counterattacked us and we lacked a little bit of quality in the front third even though we had our chance, so we paid that price.
“It was disappointing because we came back in the match and we controlled the match at that point – I think they probably had two chances in the second half.
“The other one has declined and gone in, but you have to take those hits, and from our perspective, it’s about making sure we dust ourselves off and go again tomorrow.
“You can sit here and feel sorry for yourself, or realize that there is one more fight left and we can turn it around. That’s the reality of it. “
The return match will take place next Thursday.