Joy turned to despair for Celtic as two late goals earned Bayer Leverkusen a 3-2 win in Germany and condemned the visitors to a group-stage exit in the Europa League.
With 10 minutes remaining, Celtic were on course for a stunning shock victory thanks to a Josip Juranovic penalty and Jota’s classy finish either side of half-time, until disaster struck to drop them into the Europa Conference League.
First Robert Andrich fired in his second of the night, having earlier opened the scoring from a corner, to bring them level from Amine Adli’s lay-off before a fine 20-yard volley from Moussa Diaby turned the game on its head and brought Celtic’s hopes of progression crashing down, while sealing top spot in the group for the hosts.
The Bhoys will still qualify for the Conference League knockout stages as they are guaranteed to finish above bottom side Ferencvaros, but they will now host Betis in a fortnight knowing their Europa League campaign is destined to finish in the group stages whatever happens.
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Celtic are at home to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday; Kick-off at 3pm.