Mixed feelings as woeful Celtic lose to Salzburg but still qualify
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Leigh Griffiths and Celtic had mixed feelings after qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages despite defeat at home to Salzburg.
The Hoops made a dismal start, falling behind to two volleys from Alan inside the first 13 minutes.
Stefan Johansen pulled one back but Griffiths saw his close-range header saved in Celtic's best opportunity for an equaliser, and Naby Keita made it 3-1 in injury time.
However, Dinamo Zagreb's 1-0 loss at Astra in the other Group D game meant Ronny Deila's side are uncatchable by both those sides with only a trip to Croatia remaining.
Griffiths told BT Sport 1: "We're disappointed to lose the game.
"I had great chance to make it two each, the goalie's made a great save but I've got to do better.
"But the boys put in a great performance, we're through now and we're delighted."
Griffiths has had to wait for his chance in the line-up and said: "I was just delighted to get a start, I was cramping up near the end but hopefully I've done enough to put myself in contention for Sunday (against Hearts in the Scottish Cup).
"I've said I had to work hard and wait for my chance and I've taken it tonight."
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