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Celtic 'Wouldn't Finish' Above Sunderland In League One After Champions League Qualification Defeat

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Celtic 'Wouldn't Finish' Above Sunderland In League One After Champions League Qualification Defeat

Celtic have been labelled a "decent League One team" after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Midtjylland in their Champions League qualification clash on Wednesday.

That is according to Arsenal legend Perry Groves, who believes the Scottish Premiership side would fail to finish above Sunderland in League One.

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Callum McGregor opened the scoring for Celtic against Midtjylland in the second half of their second-leg qualifying match at the MCH Arena in Denmark.

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However, Awer Mabil and Raphael Nwadike mounted a successful comeback for Midtjylland as Celtic were dumped out of the second-round Champions League qualifying stage.

Celtic have now been knocked out of the qualification stage for the fourth consecutive season.

Groves has now pulled no punches towards Ange Postecoglou's side by claiming that their season is "done and dusted" after they were "beaten by the second-best team in Denmark."

The 56-year-old added that Celtic "have no chance of catching" reigning Scottish Premiership holders Rangers next season.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, Groves said: "It's their season done and dusted. Ange Postecoglou knew it was the biggest rebuild Celtic have had for the last 20 years, but they don't have any money!

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"It's the second season on the trot they've gone out in the second qualification round of the Champions League, and they've been beaten by the second-best team in Denmark.

"Does that tell you where the Scottish Premiership is at the moment?

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"Last season, Celtic finished 25 points behind Rangers, and Hibs were 14 points behind Celtic, so they were 39 points behind Rangers, and Rangers are only going to get stronger.

"Celtic have no chance of catching Rangers, absolutely none whatsoever. That's their season done.

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"At this moment of time, Celtic are a decent League One team.

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"Hull City, Peterborough and Blackpool got promoted this year and Sunderland came fourth -- Celtic wouldn't finish above Sunderland in League One. Celtic are nowhere near winning the title.

"I think Rangers would probably be one of the top six teams in the Championship. I think if they went straight into the Premier League, they would find the competition and the relentlessness every week very taxing.

"If they came down here and had a few years, they could absolutely establish themselves in the Premier League. But the standard of the Scottish Premiership is not great."

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Topics: Celtic, Football, Sunderland, Scottish Premiership, League One, England, Scotland

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