Celtic started the Europa League group stage campaign with a 3-1 loss to Milan. The Hoops looked dead and buried at half-time, but a goal from Mo Elyounoussi and an improved second-half display brought the team into the game, but Milan scored on the break to kill off the game.

Mo Elyounoussi, Tom Rogic and Diego Laxalt in particular can be pleased with their performances.

The big talking point before the game was would Neil Lennon make changes from the team which had lost to Rangers at the weekend.

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The Hoops boss did indeed make changes, but only up front, as Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths started. The other nine players started the derby. On the plus side for Celtic, Ryan Christie made the bench.

Here we rate and review the Celtic side who took part against Milan:

Vasilis Barkas – 6

Had no real chance with any of the Milan goals. Aside from that he didn’t have a busy game, as even though Milan had plenty of the ball, they didn’t really create that many clear-cut chances on the night. However, he will be hoping for another clean sheet sooner rather than later.

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Stephen Welsh – 4

Should have perhaps done better with Krunic’s goal, as he was beaten in the air. Looked like a game too far for the youngster, who didn’t have the best of games and was replaced at half-time. Maybe he could do with a bit of time out of the side, it could do him good.

Shane Duffy – 5

Didn’t look great at times, that might have been due to a shoulder injury he seemed to suffer in the first-half. Played slightly better in the second-half as Celtic’s performance improved overall, but still hasn’t showed the leadership skills that Celtic have been looking for.

Kristoffer Ajer – 6

Won an early challenge against Ibrahimovic which would have given him plenty of confidence, and set up an early chance with a trademark forward run. Could have done better with Krunic’s goal, but was Celtic’s best defender for much of the game. A performance he can be pleased with.

Jeremie Frimpong – 6

Had two great chances to put in good crosses in the first-half when in plenty of space but disappointed as he hit the first-man both times. However, he was far better in the second-half as Celtic played like a different team. He can be pleased with his performance overall.

Olivier Ntcham – 6

Performed much better in the second-half, looked more comfortable sitting behind the likes of Christie and Rogic. He can play better, but he did come onto a game in the second-half, as Celtic were like a team transformed. More of that and he can stay in the team.

Scott Brown – 5

Didn’t have his best game as the Hoops played very poorly in the first-half. He tried to stem the Milan tide of attacks but failed to do so for the most part. Was taken off early in the second-half and it has to be said that Celtic did perform better without their captain.

Callum McGregor – 5

Callum McGregor in action aginst Milan

Callum McGregor in action against Milan (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Didn’t play all that well unfortunately. He found it hard to get a foothold in the game, even when Celtic were at their best in the second-half. He can play much better and he will be well aware of this and might end up dropped if he does not improve his performances this season.

Diego Laxalt – 7

Was the main supply of Celtic attacks early on in the game. Went on a great run to set up a Frimpong cross, which was unfortunately poor. However, he was probably Celtic’s best player on the night, and that is two good performances in a row from the Milan player.

 

Albian Ajeti – 6

Scuffed an early chance as the Hoops started the game off brightly. However, he failed to team-up with Leigh Griffiths, and had more of an impact when he played as a lone striker in the second-half. The display showed that he might work better as a lone striker.

Leigh Griffiths – 5

Started his first game in a long time, and didn’t have much of an impact in the match. It was not a shock to see him replaced at half-time, he shouldn’t be criticised that much, as it was the first time he and Ajeti played together.

The Subs

Mo Elyounoussi – 7

A great display from the sub as he got Celtic back into the game, with a fine header. He played very well and could well be a contender to start against Aberdeen.

Tom Rogic – 7

An excellent cameo from the Australian attacker, who performed at his mercurial best. He showed what he can do in just under half an hour, and really should be back in the team for Aberdeen.

Ryan Christie – 6

A good performance from the midfielder in his return to the team. Neil Lennon will be pleased to see that self-isolating didn’t affect his game.

Patryk Klimala – 4

On too late to have any real impact.

Greg Taylor  – 4

Same as Klimala.

 

In other news, Derek McInnes has confirmed that six of his Aberdeen squad will miss Sunday’s game against Celtic.

 

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