Celtic failed to reach the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season, losing 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) to FC Midtjylland in the second qualifying round.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Parkhead last week, the Scottish giants took the lead in Denmark on Wednesday night but were ultimately knocked out after extra time.
Hoops captain Callum McGregor scored a stunning volley before Awer Mabil equalized, then Raphael Onyedika Nwadike’s goal sentenced Celtic to another season of exile from European elite club competition.
New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou had to field a makeshift squad due to the match schedule and a lack of transfer activity – but now faces a Europa League third round qualifier against the Czech team from Jablonec.
It all started so positively for the Postecoglou team, who were inspired by their new skipper McGregor.
His opener, a magnificent chest and a volley from the edge of the box, had made Celtic dream of a draw in the third round and a step closer to the promised land.
But more recent history repeated itself as – just like in 2018, 2019 and 2020 – the Scottish squad sank and looked uninspiring in a massive game.
Questions will be asked by fans – who likely won’t be surprised at this point.