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10-man Celtic edged out by Inter

Fola Akintomide

Ten-man Celtic were knocked out of the Europa League despite an impressive performance against Inter, who needed Fredy Guarin’s fantastic late strike at San Siro to give the Italian’s a 4-3 win on aggregate.

Celtic were the better side early on as Gary Mackay-Steven went through one-on-one with Juan Pablo Carrizo, only to have his shot well smothered by the goalkeeper.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila: Referee errors ruined our prospects of beating Inter Celtic’s hopes took a huge dent after 36 minutes when Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk was sent off for a second bookable offence after pulling Mauro Icardi down.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon had made two errors in the first leg, but made amends with three outstanding saves in Italy, twice from Icardi and once from Hernanes as a lethargic Inter struggled for a goal.

Celtic’s hopes were finally ended with three minutes remaining when Colombian international Guarin drove a wonderful shot into the top left-hand corner from 25 yards as Celtic tried to get the winning goal on 88 minutes that would have sent them through to the last 16.