Everything Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said to BBC after the game against Lazio in Rome...

Thoughts on the game?

I am very disappointed with the result. I thought with the performance in terms of the first half we were too safe. I thought we kept the ball but we needed to progress the game a bit more. Whilst we were fairly comfortable in the second half we were much better. We progressed the game through the pitch and managed the game well. We arrived in the ascendency in the last 20 minutes. We looked like the team who could go and get the result. We gave away two poor goals. In the first one, we were in a great position but we lost the ball up the pitch and we lost possession and never recovered our shape back again. They get a bit of luck with the deflection into Immobile. That was a tough one to take so late on and obviously, we’ve got to get stronger and better for the second goal.

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That means no European football after Christmas which would have been the aim coming into this campaign. Is that a big disappointment for you?

It clearly is. We are disappointed as that was the aim. Things have been happening for us over the course of all our games. We have been hampered by our squad availability.  At this level, we need to have our best players available. I have to commend the players as the ones that have been available have given it everything. The game was very competitive right the way through and we felt we had given everything to that but sadly we conceded the two goals. The effort and the commitment was there from the players. It is disappointing not to have European football like we wanted but we go into the last game now to see if we can finish with a higher points total than last season. 

Brendan, you talked about being competitive but lapses in concentration again in this game – that’s happened in previous games. How do you change that for next season with this team?

In terms of our lapses in concentration, we give the ball away and I think you can trace it back to the guy coming on the inside. A little bit of luck has gone against us but I think it's about the overall quality and the level. We need to have our very best players available going into this competition and also have added quality. That’s what makes the difference. These players have been competitive in every game but what makes the difference is that little bit of experience and genuine quality, especially at the top end of the field. That’s hopefully something that we can resolve over the next couple of windows.