Celtic are already out of the Champions League after losing to CFR Cluj

Celtic v CFR Cluj - UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round: Second Leg

Celtic have suffered a shock defeat to Romanian outfit CFR Cluf in the Champions League.

The Scottish club were beaten 4-3 at Celtic Park on Tuesday evening following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

George Tucudean's late goal sealed Celtic's fate following a dramatic encounter.

The defeat means that Neil Lennon's side drop into the Europa League qualifiers. 

They will face either AIK or Sherrif Tiraspol in the play-off.

The result has infuriated former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, who believes a result of this nature has been coming.

"That’s the Tierney money gone tonight... the messing about in the last few windows has bitten Celtic on the backside... this day was always coming," Sutton wrote on Twitter.

Celtic fell behind in the 27th minute through Ciprian Deac’s header but they turned things around with goals in the second half by James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard.

But Cluj were not done. Billel Omrani scored a penalty to give the Romanian side the lead on away goals with 16 minutes to go.

Ryan Christie restored Celtic’s lead shortly afterwards but Omrani scored once again and George Tucudean struck late on to seal their fate.

Celtic v CFR Cluj - UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round: Second Leg

It’s a massive blow to Celtic. According to Kieran Maguire, who runs the PriceOfFootball Twitter account, qualifying for the Champions League group stage would have been worth €15 million to the Scottish club.

But reaching the Europa League group stage will earn them €2.7m.

Then there are the increased payments that come from winning Champions League group stage matches.

Celtic have dominated Scottish football for many years now but it's hard to take them too seriously when their record in Europe is so paltry.

Not since 2013 have they reached the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Their record in the Europa League isn't spectacular either, only going as far as the round-of-32 in each of the last two seasons and failing to win a single group stage game in 2015-16.

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