“It’s a huge club; it’s Celtic’ – One player can take a crumb of solace from RB Leipzig loss

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There will be at least one person of a Celtic disposition able to remember the club’s exit from this season’s Champions League with a hint of pride.

Celtic captain Cameron Carter-Vickers has said his teammates will “keep believing” as long as they have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League from their Champions League group. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

The 2-0 home loss to RB Leipzig may have meant that with just one point from four games, Ange Postecoglou could not progress in the competition. Yet the fact that the Celtic manager handed the captaincy to Cameron Carter-Vickers with Callum McGregor sidelined for the rest of the year is not taken lightly by the USA international. Naturally, only a select few have donned club colors after wearing the armband in the most prestigious arena of European club football. “It’s an honour,” said the 24-year-old centre-back. “It’s a huge club; it’s Celtic. Leading the boys means a lot to me.

It would mean a lot for Carter-Vickers to lead Celtic in full-back action in their two remaining Champions League meetings and claim a play-off tie for the Europa League round of 16. With just one point out of Shakhtar Donetsk’s five they currently need to revise, this turnaround represents the longest of the long shots. For that, the Ukrainians must be beaten at Celtic Park in just under a fortnight and then lose in Warsaw against RB Leipzig while Postecoglou’s men avoid defeat, eh, at the Bernabeau against defending champions Real Madrid. Alternatively, Celtic would earn third place if they win their last two games and Dontesk’s draw with Leipzig. Simple… no.

“We want to go out there and recreate the performances we’ve produced so far, but obviously try to get the goals,” said the defender. “For a lot of the games we played really well and created chances. But we couldn’t take any against Leipzig and at this level if you can’t take a chance you get punished. But I think we are close, close to getting results at this level. It’s a big learning curve for us and we have to keep working hard. It’s just that little bit that’s missing. You have to keep believing as long as it’s possible. “

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