ANGE POSTECOGLOU watched Celtic dominate Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League Group F encounter in Warsaw last night.

But the Hoops boss and his players had to be satisfied with just a solitary point in a one-sided 1-1 stalemate with their Ukrainian rivals.

Defender Artem Bondarenko deflected a shot from Reo Hatate into his net t put the Parkhead men ahead in just 10 minutes, but they couldn’t capitalise on the flying start and paid when they conceded an equaliser to dangerman Mykhaylo Mudryk just before the half-hour mark.

FRUSTRATION…Ange Postecoglou holds his head in his hands.

Kyogo Furuhashi was denied inside two minutes by the outstretched leg of keeper Anatouyli Turbin and Moritz Jenz suffered an identical fate just moments before the Ukrainians caught the Scots with a classic sucker punch.

Filipe Jota, after spectacular solo runs, was denied twice by desperate defenders after the interval as the Hoops took total control of the game with Joe Hart a mere spectator.

Giorgos Giakoumakis and Daizen Maeda had good opportunities in the last five minutes to secure a crucial triumph, but both hit their efforts wide of the keeper’s right-hand post much to the frustration of their manager and the travelling fans.

Boss Postecoglou, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “The performance was excellent, obviously the score was not reflective of that.

“The players gave everything and that’s all I can ask for. Obviously, we needed that second goal and we had good chances to get it, but from my perspective, I can’t ask any more of them.

“We’ll get our rewards if we keep playing that kind of football and showing that kind of commitment.

FRUSTRATION…Ange Postecoglou throws his arms in the air after another near miss.

“It’s the highest level of club football and every game is pressurised and I just thought there was a real growth in our team in the way we handled it all.

“You definitely have to earn everything at this level. Every point, every win will take maximum effort from us.”

Postecoglou’s team, who lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in Glasgow last week, now have one point from their opening two matches in the group while Shakhtar move onto four.

European champions Real beat Leipzig 2-0 at the Bernabeu and are top with a 100 per cent record.

Celtic now meet the Bundesliga club in a double-header with the first game in Germany on October 5 – with a 5.45pm kick-off – before the return at Parkhead six days later with a usual 8pm start.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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