Crushing defeat for Celtic against Barcelona in their final Champions League match
Published 11/12/2013 | 21:58
It was the visitors' heaviest defeat in Europe since they lost 5-0 away to Artmedia in 2005 and in truth it could have been more damaging.
The Hoops, with three points from their first five fixtures, were guaranteed to finish bottom of Group H before the trip to Catalonia and they found themselves behind after only seven minutes when Barca defender Gerard Pique opened the scoring from close range.
Neymar scored his second two minutes after the break before grabbing his hat-trick before the hour mark as the Hoops all but crumbled.
Substitute Cristian Tello got in on the act in the 71st minute when his drive was heavily deflected past Fraser Forster by Parkhead defender Virgil van Dijk for number six before Georgios Samaras grabbed a late goal.
The Scottish Premiership leaders will surely retain their title and get another tilt at European football's elite club competition again next year.
However, they will no doubt find that the step up from domestic football will be no easier.