“This is high-level football, and you need to capitalise when you are on top,” Carter Vickers

Cameron Carter Vickers the Celtic captain for the night, echoed everyone associated with the club’s frustrations at the outcome on matchday four in the Champions League last night were the Hoops despite all their fine play, and great chances created could not put the ball in the back of the RB Leipzig net.

And eventually the German side got around to showing us how it was done, twice in the closing stages, to win both legs of the double header and eliminate Celtic from the Champions League, leaving us with just a slim hope that a Europa League spot can be salvaged from the wreckage of a European campaign that has been all about the abundance of chances Celtic can create – and miss – at Champions League level.

There surely hasn’t been a team that has played so well in four games in this elite competition that has ended up with so little but as Matt O’Riley noted the other day in the pre-match build-up, it’s a results business at the end of the day.

It should also be noted that this is not just a Celtic in the Champions League problem, since the 4-0 skelping of theRangers in early September goals have been hard to come by domestically too, just four in three pages and that is in stark contrast to earlier in the season.

Last night Maeda, Kyogo, O’Riley, Taylor, Mooy and Giakoumakis could have scored but none did and it’s only Jota who has managed to hit the back of the net for Celtic in the four games played.

It’s something that’s got to be put right as soon as possible.

Here’s the post-match reaction from stand-in skipper Cameron Carter Vickers speaking to BT Sport (link to the video is included in first answer).

BT SPORT: Cameron, that must be a tough one to take?

Cameron Carter Vickers: “It is disappointing not to get a result,” the stand-in Celtic captain told BT Sport, what the video HERE. “I thought for large parts of the game, we defended quite well, but it is Champions League football. If we take our chances, then maybe the result is different.”

BT SPORT: It was hard to count how many blocks you made tonight, you were pretty sturdy in defence, but as you say, it is about taking your chances at the other end. How frustrating is it when you are coming closer and closer, but the ball is just not going in the back of the net?

Cameron Carter Vickers: “It is disappointing. This is high-level football, and you need to capitalise when you are on top. If you do not do that, then it can be difficult.”

BT SPORT: For you, what needs to change for the team to go to the next level and get a victory in the Champions League?

Cameron Carter Vickers: “I’m not too sure, to be honest. I think we need to keep working hard and keep on the path we are going on, and hopefully, we will get there.”

BT SPORT: It looks like Europa League is now the only option. Does that still give you the motivation and the hunger to finish off this group?”

Cameron Carter Vickers: “100 per cent. We have two games left, and we will be looking for two positive results, so hopefully, we can get that.”

Don’t miss David Potter and Sandman’s take on last night, both links below…

READ THIS FROM DAVID POTTER…Celtic 0-2 RB Leipzig: This was a painful one, it boiled down to not taking chances

Ange Postecoglou during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Celtic FC and RB Leipzig, at Celtic Park  on October 11, 2022.  (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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