CLIFTONVILLE'S Champions' League adventure ended with pride intact following a two-goal defeat to Celtic at Parkhead.

Already trailing by three goals from last week's first leg at Solitude, Tommy Breslin's men again gave a good account of themselves against the Scottish champions.

Celtic moved in front on the night after 16 minutes when Efe Ambrose headed downwards past Conor Devlin after connecting with an Anthony Stokes ball.

At the other end a few minutes later Ciaran Caldwell headed wide from a Stephen Garrett cross while Marc Smyth saw a later effort deflected to safety.

Inbetween times Kris Commons tested Devlin from 25 yards before, on 61 minutes, Scott Brown teed up Stokes only for the chance to be squandered.

Celtic did double their advantage nine minutes after that, though, when Giorgos Samaras headed beyond Devlin from a Commons delivery.

Cliftonville might have snatched that elusive goal very late in the game but Joe Gormley couldn't find the target with his low drive from within the penalty area.