Celtic’s chances of progressing in the Europa League were dashed by a late Bayer Leverkusen rally, which resulted in a 3-2 loss in Germany on Thursday, as Real Betis, Lazio, and Galatasaray all secured their places in the knockout stages.
Leverkusen had already qualified, but two goals in the final eight minutes at the Bay Arena ensured top spot in Group G and a place in the last 16.
Robert Andrich put the hosts ahead before Josip Juranovic equalized from the spot.
Celtic were on course for their first-ever win in Germany after Jota’s sweet strike 11 minutes into the second half.
But Andrich scored his second goal of the game between Joe Hart’s legs before Moussa Diaby beat him from the edge of the box.
Celtic are guaranteed to drop into the Europa Conference League in the new year, but they can no longer catch Betis, who defeated Ferencvaros 2-0 to secure second place in the group.
After securing qualification in style, Lazio and Galatasaray will face off in two weeks for the top spot in Group E.
The Italians defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0. According to reports, Lokomotiv Moscow’s head of sports and development Ralf Rangnick is set to join Manchester United.
Ciro Immobile scored two second-half penalties, and Pedro Rodriguez completed the scoring.
Galatasaray now leads the group by three points after eliminating Marseille’s chances of progress in a 4-2 thriller in Istanbul.
West Ham’s impressive return to European football continued with a 2-0 victory over Rapid Vienna, despite David Moyes’ use of a much-changed starting lineup.
For the English, Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble scored.