Tony Mowbray insists there is no disgrace in being beaten by Arsenal - and declared Celtic are ready to show they can take on the best of the rest of the English top flight in the Europa League.
With his side trailing 2-0 from the first leg of their Champions League qualifier in Glasgow, a controversial penalty from Croatia striker Eduardo plus goals from Emmanuel Eboue and substitute Andrey Arshavin made sure there would be no comeback. Bhoys midfielder Massimo Donati volleyed home a superb consolation goal in stoppage-time.
"I would suggest there are only four teams in the English Premier League of the quality of Arsenal," he said. "I do not think the gulf between our football club and the rest of the Premier League would be there - maybe we will get the chance to show that in the Europa League."
He added: "I genuinely believe Arsenal are a team who can win this competition but at the moment Celtic are not in a position to compete with the English sides who make the semi-finals of this tournament year in and year out.
"You have to take the positives out of the way we played in these two matches.
"Hopefully we will be more than a match for whoever we draw now and I expect us to compete very well in the Europa League."
Former West Brom boss Mowbray refused to blame his side's exit on the penalty decision.
"I have not seen a re-run of it, so I cannot sit here and complain about it," he said.
"All the boys thought there was no contact but we have to accept it and move on. However, you cannot deny that, over the two legs, Arsenal had more quality and deserved to go through."
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