'Specky' is not a happy chap.
'Rodgers saw the signs' - analysis
BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin in Athens
This was coming. Rodgers did everything but spell it out over the past few weeks. He is a man who constantly talks about progress and for the first time since his arrival, the club is going backwards in European football. He saw the signs, made the noises, but all in vain.
It was no thumping. The fact is was close will frustrate the celtic manager all the more. Who knows what difference a couple of new faces may have made for a celtic side who looked devoid of ideas at times over the two legs. At this level, and given where they have been for the past two years, the margins are fine. That will keep Rodgers awake for the next few nights.
The Europa League is little consolation, both in a football and a financial sense but that is where they find themselves. Fans might attempt to soothe the pain with thoughts of a lengthy run in European football's booby prize, but unless celtic sort out the on and off-field issues, that seems fanciful.
Those who refused to believe that cracks were showing, might do well to look again. The manager has said he is going nowhere, now he must fight to arrest a worrying slide.