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Sloppy start cost Celtic big in PSG mauling, says Sinclair


By Andy Newport

Scott Sinclair admits Celtic failed to give a true reflection of their capabilities as they were torn apart by Paris St Germain.

Celtic suffered a brutal lesson from Unai Emery's expensively assembled outfit on Tuesday night as they slumped to a 5-0 defeat in their opening Champions League clash.

While many have pointed to the riches available to PSG to justify the merciless nature of the beating dished out by their superstar frontline of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, Sinclair believes Celtic should have still been able to put up more of a fight.

But the former Swansea and Manchester City player confessed the Hoops' sloppy start left them on the back foot.

He said: "It was really disappointing. The first half an hour we started off poorly.

"In the second half we came back a little bit more lively and created some half chances, but the result was so disappointing.

"The way we started was not how we normally start games.

"The way they came forward forced our attacking players to defend more than we are used to. Me and Patrick Roberts had to get right back and sit in. We tried to counter but sometimes the passes were loose.

"The manager wasn't happy at half-time. He said that wasn't us.

"When we went out in the second half we created a bit more and tidied up a bit with some of the passes - but that's all we could have done."

Celtic have reigned supreme domestically since Brendan Rodgers took over but were simply no match for the Parisians.

Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani all netted during a ruthless first-half onslaught, with Mikael Lustig's own goal and a classy diving header from Cavani late on confirming the club's heaviest home defeat in 122 years.

It will not ease the pain being felt by the Celtic support but Sinclair believes there is mitigation for the result in the fact Emery's men look well capable of beating the cream of European football to the Champions League crown.

He added: "They are up there. "You saw the quality of players they have and the amount of money they spent.

"I'm sure they will be looking to win the competition. They have got the players to do that."

Celtic's next appointment sees them travel to Anderlecht in a fortnight's time, and defeat to the Belgians would leave their hopes of progression hanging by a thread.

But Sinclair said: "I think every game you play in the Champions League has pressure.

"You just need to keep bouncing on, so we'll put this one to bed and move on."

Meanwhile, Celtic are facing fresh disciplinary action from Uefa after a fan charged on to the pitch to confront PSG forward Mbappe.

European football's governing body confirmed it has opened proceedings against the club for the incident that soured the Champions League clash.

Hoops fan John Hatton appeared in court yesterday to admit invading the pitch and assaulting Mbappe by attempting to kick him.

Celtic have been charged with a count of "field invasion" and will have their case heard by the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body on October 19, a statement from the European governing body said.

PSG have also been charged after their fans were accused of breaking seats at Celtic Park and will have their matter addressed at the same hearing as Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers has already expressed his frustration with Tuesday night's incident.

Other fans were unhappy with the disruption just before the interval and Rodgers said the club will take its own action.

He said: "The crowd reaction said it all. It is disappointing at any ground that a supporter gets on to the pitch. I am sure the club will deal with that. It shouldn't be anything that we should see on a football field."

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