Strachan: We didn't take opportunities

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has rued the chances his side missed in earlier matches after their consolation victory over Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League. The Parkhead side ended their Champions League Group E campaign on a high with victory over the Spanish side, but last month's defeat away by Aalborg means they finished bottom of the table.

But the Hoops' gaffer says things could have been different if Celtic had taken some of their chances in their early games against Aalborg and Manchester United. "If you analyse our performance at Villarreal away I felt we should have taken something from a smashing performance," Strachan said. "We had a penalty at home against Aalborg and if we had scored, we win the game and that's three points.

"We were unlucky not to get three points from Aalborg away, and at home we were six minutes away from beating Manchester United, albeit with our backs against the wall. If you look at that and count it up there's a few points gone missing there.

"In previous years we've been fortunate if you think about it. Artur Boruc saved a penalty against Manchester United to put us through two years ago and last year Benfica got a result at Shakhtar Donetsk to help us. So there's a lot went for us, but this time a couple of things have gone against us. But the longer we stay as a group the better it is for everybody and the more experience they will be getting."