Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that Borussia Monchengladbach deserved the 2-0 win over his side in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Celtic got a spirited 3-3 draw against Manchester City in the last game in the Champions League group stage, but were unable to get a positive result against Monchengladbach, as goals by Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn secured the win for the visitors. Rodgers said after the match that he couldn’t fault his players for their effort.
“I thought the best team won,” Rodgers said. “There is no argument about that. My players gave absolutely everything tonight. We were up against a top side and our only disappointment was the two goals.
“They didn’t create so much even though they looked dangerous at times on the counter-attack, which a lot of German sides will. We gifted them two goals really.
“I think the players gave absolutely everything into the game. We set out to press them but you see at that level of player that if you are not quite there in your pressing they can play through and round it.
“We had some good spells in the game as well, but we were just beaten by a side that’s very good, technically very strong, fast, with good power and quality. We have no complaints.
“Sometimes no matter how good we might be, there are still elements we need to compete consistently at this level. I have said that right from day one here.
“We are in a process of building something here. It was absolutely brilliant to qualify for this level, and we have given absolutely everything as anyone can see, but sometimes the teams are better than us and that’s no disrespect to our players who know they have given everything.
“This is a good side. You have a World Cup winner in midfield who played and a number of other very good players so you have to hold up your hands, be honest and say we lost to the better team.”
Celtic sits at the bottom of Group C with one point in three matches.