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Bhoys just not good enough says Johansen

By Ronnie Esplin

Stefan Johansen surveyed Celtic's doomed Europa League campaign and concluded that the Parkhead side were simply not good enough.

A creditable 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce in Istanbul on Thursday night left the Hoops with just three points from six Group A fixtures, with their exit from the competition confirmed before they flew to Turkey.

Johansen, doubtful for the trip to Tommy Wright's St Johnstone tomorrow after suffering an "unnecessary" kick from Diego after the break which saw the Brazilian midfielder shown a red card, was in no mood to sugar-coat the campaign - although he remains confident that Celtic can improve in Europe following more experience.

He said: "We need to be honest and just say to everybody that we haven't been good enough this year.

"We have struggled. We were close to getting into the Champions League, but we didn't make that.

"We had a tough Europa League group of course, we need to say that, but even if it is the Europa League and the fans expect Champions League, we wanted to go out there and give them what they earn, good European nights.

"I think we have the quality but this year we haven't shown up when the big games were there for us."

"We have a lot of young players doing really well like Kieran Tierney and Scott Allan came in and played well. So it is about experience."

The Norway midfielder was booked early on for a foul on Diego, with the Fenerbahce star also shown a yellow card for his reaction, and Johansen acknowledged that the Scottish champions benefited from his opponent's folly in the second half when the home side were in control.

Johansen said: "We wanted to go out there and set the standard so I made a hard tackle on him and it was a bit of a fight

"But I think what he did in the second half was unnecessary.

"I stopped him running and he kicked me. It was a clear red card, the referee was two metres away and he saw it.

"It was not even a challenge, he just kicked me straight after a tackle. Hopefully I can make it (for tomorrow). It is just a bit painful. It was on the knee but that is how football is."

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