Leigh Griffiths has given his verdict on why Celtic crashed out of the Champions League against Cluj. The Hoops striker felt that the Hoops only performed for 45 minutes in the game.

He believes that the Bhoys were always up against it after what was a very poor first-half display.

“Playing in the Champions League is the pinnacle of your club career but you can’t not turn up for the first 45 minutes and expect to go through” Griffiths said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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“We weren’t good enough”

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“If we’d played the same way as we did in the second half right from the start we wouldn’t have had any problems, but we weren’t good enough” he concluded.

 

Griffiths’ comments get right to the heart of the Hoops’ 4-3 defeat. The performance in the first-half was so poor, that it left the Bhoys always chasing the game.

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That would explain the frantic nature of the second-half, which saw six goals scored as both sides seem to lose control.

Cluj were more streetwise

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Ultimately, Cluj were slightly more streetwise than the Hoops, which is why they are the side that is facing Slavia Prague in the play-off round.

Neil Lennon and his players must work to ensure that there is no repeat of the first-half performance this season. If there is, it could turn out to be a difficult season for the Scottish champions.

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