Chris Sutton's instant verdict as Celtic draw vs Shakhtar Donetsk

By John McGinley

September 14, 2022

Celtic looked good for the win away to Shakhtar Donetsk tonight but just couldn’t put away the chances to take all three points, instead drawing 1-1.

A lightning start from the Bhoys resulted in a Shakhtar own goal after good work from Sead Haksabanovic and Reo Hatate.

Celtic built nicely on that with more pressure and chances, but it was the Ukrainians who scored next after a superb breakaway and finish from the much-hyped Mykhaylo Mudryk.

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Celtic on another night may well have collapsed in the wake of that equaliser and Marian Shved had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out. The home side upped the ante but Ange Postecoglou’s team regrouped and went into the interval level.

In the second half, Celtic dominated and had excellent control of the game, limiting Shakhtar’s efforts in the defensive half, as well as creating a barrel load of good chances at the other end.

The best opportunities fell to Giorgos Giakoumakis, Jota and Daizen Maeda but no-one could really work the goalkeeper.

Chris Sutton reflected the frustration on the full-time whistle, stating on Twitter: “Performance good once again. Just not clinical when it mattered. Wasted so many chances. A point is ok but all in all a big opportunity missed tonight.”

It’s a pretty sound verdict of the way the game went.

Nobody is too disappointed at earning a point away from home in the Champions League – that shouldn’t be underrated. However, given the way it all panned out, we really should be sitting on three in the group.

Encouragingly, it was a strong performance and you’d have to fancy the Bhoys to beat Shakhtar in Glasgow.

Real Madrid beating RB Leipzig tonight would set Celtic up well for the rest of the group.

In other news, Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos shares his ‘unbelievable’ Celtic Park experience.