Celtic’s second-half implosion saw them reduced to nine players against Feyenoord as they once again failed to claim a Champions League away win.

They started brightly and had Daizen Maeda threaten early, but Calvin Stengs’ free-kick stunned the Hoops just before half-time.

That sparked the Dutch champions into life and Gustaf Lagerbielke conceded a penalty and was shown a second yellow card before Joe Hart saved the spot-kick.

The night then went from bad to worse with substitute Odin Thoago Holm shown a straight red for a reckless challenge.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh wrapped up the win for Feyenoord, who also had efforts disallowed either side of that goal.

A dismal night against the Dutch

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 19: Celtic's Matt O'Riley and Callum McGregor look dejected as their side goes 1-0 behind during a UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Feyenoord and Celtic at Stadion Feijenoord De Kuip, on September 19, 2023, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)

Image: Celtic have not won away in the Champions League since 2017

Centre-back Lagerbielke was one of two summer signings in the Celtic starting line-up with Nat Phillips ruled out by an ankle injury. The other, winger Luis Palma, made his first start for the club.

There was a lively atmosphere inside De Kuip for the first meeting between the teams since Feyenoord’s 1970 European Cup final triumph and the first Champions League game in the stadium for six seasons.

Celtic took the edge off the atmosphere with a positive start and Reo Hatate got the first shot on target after the Hoops won the ball high up the park, but his effort lacked power.

Feyenoord's Calvin Stengs scores from a free kick to make it 1-0

Image: Feyenoord’s Calvin Stengs scores from a free-kick to make it 1-0

Celtic continued to look comfortable and could have made more of their possession had Hatate and Maeda been sharper on the ball at times.

The hosts rarely threatened to get in behind in the opening half-hour and on the one occasion they did Alistair Johnston came across to cover.

Hatate’s pass got Matt O’Riley in behind, but his ball towards Kyogo Furuhashi was cut out, and Hart made his first save in the 34th minute when he pushed over Yankuba Minteh’s long-range strike.

Maeda broke away and saw a dangerous effort pushed wide despite being fouled in the act of shooting.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 19: Celtic's Gustaf Lagerbielke fouls Feyenoord's Igor Paixao which results in red card and a penalty during a UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Feyenoord and Celtic at Stadion Feijenoord De Kuip, on September 19, 2023, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)

Image: Gustaf Lagerbielke fouls Feyenoord’s Igor Paixao to earn a second yellow card

The Japan international was soon culpable for a counter-attack the other way after stopping in anticipation of a throw-in as Johnston kept the ball in, but Hart saved from Quilindschy Hartman.

Celtic looked set to go into the dressing room deservedly level before O’Riley gave away a free-kick. Celtic’s wall failed to provide much protection especially as Furuhashi inadvertently got out of the way of the ball as he jumped. Stengs’ shot curled away from Hart with the goalkeeper unable to keep it out despite getting his hands on it.

Palma cut inside and saw his shot beaten away after the interval before Holm came on along with Hyun-jun Yang in the 58th minute.

Celtic were soon down to 10 men, though. Lagerbielke had been booked in the first half for bringing down an opponent after his own poor control, and the Swede caught Igor Paixao in the throat with his arm as he tried to jockey the forward in the box.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh celebrates as he scores to make it 2-0

Image: Alireza Jahanbakhsh celebrates after making it 2-0

Hart saved Paixao’s penalty as he dived to his right.

Brendan Rodgers brought on midfielder Tomoki Iwata for Furuhashi to play alongside Liam Scales in central defence.

Celtic’s task got even harder when Holm lunged in for a challenge and caught Mats Wieffer high up his shin. The visitors were rightly frustrated that Bosnian referee Irfan Peljto had failed to award a clear foul on Scales seconds earlier but there was little doubt about the red card decision that followed.

Stengs set up Lutsharel Geertruida to score from the resulting free-kick but the goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.

The extra man counted in the 76th minute, though, when Jahanbakhsh fired high into the net from 12 yards – and the closing stages were about damage limitation for Celtic.

Rodgers: The players showed great attitude and courage

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was focusing on the positives after their Champions League defeat to Feyenoord

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers:

“What we showed in the game is that we’re going to be competitive. We started off really well. We looked a threat and progressed the ball well. With better decisions we might’ve had an opportunity to get in front.

“Unfortunately for us we get two players sent off. It’s a difficult level at 11 v 11. The players kept going, it was harsh on them.

“The players showed great attitude and courage to play. The first 60 minutes we were well in the game. The players never gave up.

“With one or two more players coming back, it’ll hopefully put us in really good stead for the remainder of the competition.”

Analysis: When will Celtic learn?

Sky Sports’ Luke Shanley in Rotterdam:

“Another tough Champions League away day for Celtic.

“After a promising although even 45 minutes, Brendan Rodgers must have been frustrated to going in at the break 1-0 down after conceding in stoppage time.

“The manner will annoy him further with a wall and goalkeeper who should have done better.

“With two red cards in the second half, it wasn’t going to get any better. Lagerbielke might feel aggrieved but Holm can have no complaints.

“Another night of learning for Celtic but when will these lessons be used in a way that gets them results, that is the big question.”

Opta stats – Celtic leaky on the road

  • Having beaten Napoli in their final UEFA Champions League game in 2017-18, Feyenoord have now won back-to-back matches in the competition for the first time since February 2000.
  • Celtic have kept just one clean sheet in their 37 UEFA Champions League away games, conceding 89 goals in these matches. Their record of 2.4 goals conceded per away game is the highest of any side to have played 30+ times on the road in the competition.
  • Calvin Stengs has been involved in six goals in his last four games for Feyenoord in all competitions, scoring two and assisting four.
  • Gustaf Lagerbielke and Odin Holm were both sent off for Celtic within five minutes of each other in the second half of this match. The Bhoys had only been shown two red cards in their previous 72 UEFA Champions League matches combined.

What’s next?

Saturday 23rd September 12:00pm Kick off 12:30pm

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    Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action on Saturday at Livingston, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 12.30pm.

    Their next Champions League match is at home to Lazio on October 4. Kick-off 8pm.