Celtic’s 2-0 first leg defeat against Valencia meant that progression from their Europa League last 32 tie looked a tough ask when they travelled to the Mestalla Stadium for the return last night.
The Bhoys have a notoriously poor record away from home in European competition and the La Liga side knew that scoring once on their own patch would effectively kill the tie.
Not that that stopped Brendan Rodgers sending his side out with the bravery and intent to take the game to their hosts and for much of the first half, Celtic were on top.
But the difference at European level is that small errors can be exploited much more ruthlessly as Jeremy Toljan found out to his cost last night.
Right-back Toljan was already walking a tightrope when he picked up a yellow card after 26 minutes and was sent off 11 minutes later to further add to the scale of the task facing Celtic.
But many Bhoys supporters felt the decision was harsh and took to Twitter to express their frustration on a night where Kevin Gameiro’s goal confirmed their European adventure was over for another season…
Never a red card!
— Stargazers Nation (@STARGAZERNATION) February 21, 2019
Shocking decision but in honesty, the silly earlier yellow always left him walking on eggshells…all because a very sloppy Boyata pass put us under needless pressure.
— Brian 🎗 (@DehumanisedDad) February 21, 2019
8 attempts to their 0 then that happens, was harsh for me but mountain just got bigger, least the Bhoys are still giving it their all 🍀
— Danny (@DanTheManMax) February 21, 2019
Never a second yellow
— Ciaran Ferry (@FerryCiaran) February 21, 2019
Shocking decision sent off for tripping up
— jack strachan (@jackstrachan6) February 21, 2019
Dreadful decision from the referee! Played so well up to then so we did
— Robert Stephen (@RobertStephen27) February 21, 2019
A simple coming together of 2 players. Both fall. Not even a foul never mind a yellow card. Shocking decision.
— Steviebhoy67 (@ssteviewalls) February 21, 2019
It was the attacker who committed the foul
— Scott Osprey (@ScottOsprey) February 21, 2019
— Amanda Mclaughlin (@amandaxbabyx) February 21, 2019
Absolutely shocking call, ruined this game.
— Coly (@inthenameofcoly) February 21, 2019