CELTIC didn't deserve to win in Bosnia, according to FK Sarajevo keeper Vladan Kovacevic, after their first leg Europa League comeback victory.

Neil Lennon's side cantered to a 3-1 win despite an early scare when they went a goal behind in the first qualifying round.

Celtic look certain to stroll into the next round, but Sarajevo stars insist they are still in the tie.

And keeper Kovacevic reckoned Celtic were fortunate.

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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."

And Sarajevo stopper Besim Serbecic insists they are still very much alive in the tie.

He said: "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."

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And Sarajevo skipper Krste Velkoski admitted they were punished severely by Celtic and their superior European experience.

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."