Ange's Celtic back in Europa League mix

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Ange Postecoglou felt his attacking approach paid dividends as Celtic secured European football beyond Christmas with a 3-2 victory over Ferencvaros in Budapest.

Celtic deserved the win on the balance of play and put themselves one point behind second-placed Real Betis with two games left in Group G.

Their six-point lead and double triumph over the Hungarians will ensure they drop down to the Europa Conference League at worst.

But they will hope to give themselves a chance of staying in the tournament when they host the Spaniards in the final game.

To do that they might need a positive result against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany but they are sure to make a game of it after taking their goal tally on the road in Europa League to 11 in four matches.

"Our objective was to get three points and keep us alive in the group," Postecoglou told BT Sport.

"It's all credit to the players, I thought we played really well and scored three great goals and could have had more.

"I'm disappointed we conceded a second goal because I don't think it was a true reflection of how we played.

"I don't think it was nervy. The fact we can get three goals away from home is because we will just go at teams."

Celtic were ahead for most of the game with Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Liel Abada on target.

Josip Juranovic scored an unfortunate own goal soon after Furuhashi's early opener and Myrto Uzuni gave the hosts hope late but Celtic got the vital win.

In Belgrade, Australian Milos Degenek was shown red as early as the 12th minute as Red Star went down 1-0 to Midtjylland.

The hosts were then reduced to nine men when defender Marko Gobeljic was sent off in time added on.

Leicester City were held to a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium by Spartak Moscow, who took the lead in the 51st minute through Victor Moses.

Daniel Amartey equalised for the Foxes in the 58th minute before Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for the hosts to leave Group C wide open.

Earlier, West Ham dropped points for the first time in the competition as a late own goal by Tomas Soucek in a 2-2 draw at Genk denied them a fourth successive win in Group H.

It looked as though Said Benrahma's second-half brace had secured the Hammers a last-16 spot with two games remaining, but Soucek's attempted clearing header flew past Alphonse Areola in the 87th minute.

Olympique Lyonnais guaranteed a place in the last 16 when they beat Sparta Prague 3-0 to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group A. Islam Slimani struck twice for the French club who are now the only team in the competition yet to drop points.

A second-half strike from substitute Ianis Hagi gave Rangers a crucial 1-1 Europa League draw with Brondby in Denmark.

Gers centre back Leon Balogun headed into his own net following a corner in the final seconds of the first half after Steven Gerrard's side had squandered several chances.

Real Sociedad, home to Socceroos skipper Mat Ryan, drew 1-1 with Sturm Graz. Ryan was unused for the hosts, who are second in Group B with six points after leaders Monaco (eight) and third-placed PSV (five) played to a goalless draw.

There were resounding victories for Napoli (4-1) and Lyon (3-0) over Legia Warsaw and Sparta Prague respectively.

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