Celtic had some positive moments at the San Siro, but were unable to hold on to an early lead as AC Milan produced a superb comeback to win 4-2 in the Europa League.
Celtic fans were desperate for a reaction after a shock 2-0 defeat to Ross County in the Scottish League Cup at the weekend, and their side made the perfect start as Tom Rogic (7) capitalised on Rade Krunic’s error to fire the visitors ahead.
Odsonne Edouard (14) added a quick second with a chipped finish as Celtic took advantage of a positive spell.
However, current Serie A leaders AC Milan were not to be held back for long. Hakan Calhanoglu (24) whipped a sensational free kick home before Samu Castillejo (26) dinked over a sea of green shirts ahead of him to haul Milan level.
The impressive Jens Petter Hauge (50) completed the Milan turnaround soon after the break, although Celtic did have another good spell in the middle of the second half. Nonetheless, they were unable to find a way an equaliser before Brahim Diaz (82) rounded things off late on, condemning Celtic to a third successive four-goal defeat in the Europa League.
The result – coupled with Lille’s own 2-1 comeback win against Sparta Prague – means Milan have qualified for the knockout rounds along with French side.
It will be a battle between the two for top spot in next Thursday’s final group games, with Celtic, still bottom of Group H with just one point, welcoming group leaders Lille to Celtic Park.