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Messi scores twice to send Celtic out of Europe


Messi of Barcelona (L) is tackled by Tomas Rogic of Celtic (C

Lionel Messi scored a brace to eliminate Celtic from European competition as Barcelona won to secure top spot in Champions League Group C.

The Argentine struck the opener from Neymar’s sumptuous pass, and only a stunning Craig Gordon save prevented Luis Suarez from heading home a second.

Moussa Dembele spurned Celtic’s best chance before Messi scored a penalty.

Though Celtic can still draw level on points with Borussia Monchengladbach in third, the German side have a superior head-to-head record.

Brendan Rodgers’ side remain on two points, having lost twice to Barca – who opened the group stage with a 7-0 win over Celtic – and at home to Gladbach.

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