Sarajevo keeper claims Celtic didn't deserve to win

FK Sarajevo keeper Vladan Kovacevic has made the outlandish claim that Celtic didn’t deserve to win the first leg of the first round Champions League qualifier in Bosnia, despite winning 3-1 on the night.

Neil Lennon’s side fought from a goal down to comfortably win 3-1 with Celtic almost certainly into the next round of the competition.

But keeper Kovacevic reckoned that Celtic were fortunate.

He said: "In my opinion, Celtic did not deserve to win because they didn't create that many chances. I think we were shaken when they equalised so quickly after we had taken the lead. We were unlucky they scored a third goal.

"But in fairness to them, they kept the ball well in possession and I congratulate them on winning."

Despite the tie almost certainly dead and buried with the Scottish champions securing three away goals, Sarajevo defender Besim Serbecic believes that the tie is still very much alive.

He added: "Of course it will be very difficult for us at Celtic, but you never know what can happen in football. We will certainly not surrender.

"I feel sorry we could not do more for the fans because they provided a tremendous atmosphere. We have to acknowledge Celtic are a really good team. Their second goal stunned us.

"But we are proud of our efforts because we gave our all."

Sarajevo skipper Krste Velkoski admitted that Celtic’s European experience and class shone through in the end.

He said: "Celtic are a big team who play in Europe a lot. They punished any mistakes we made. We started the game at a great pace, but we weren't able to sustain it. Now we have to try and gain revenge against them in Glasgow."