Any hopes of a Celtic European resurgence were dashed on Wednesday as the Hoops drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Giorgos Giakoumakis opened the scoring in the first half however Mykhaylo Mudryk’s wonderful solo effort drew the visitors level with around half an hour to play.
Here’s how the players rated.
Joe Hart – 6/10
It is fair to say the Englishman was untroubled in the Celtic goal. Hart didn’t have to make many saves of note with Shakhtar looking to hit on the counter.
Josip Juranovic – 6/10
The Croatian couldn’t do much to mute the threat of Mykhaylo Mudryk however Josip Juranovic did get forward a fair bit and wasn’t noticeably poor.
Cameron Carter-Vickers – 7/10
Cameron Carter-Vickers captained Celtic this evening and done himself proud. The American used his body smartly and done well in his duels.
Moritz Jenz – 8/10
The German centre half acted somewhat as a sweeper at times in the Celtic backline and stood out. Jenz anticipated a lot of Shakhtar’s high balls over the top and wasn’t afraid to step out of defence with the ball at his feet, making some sharp passes.
Greg Taylor – 7/10
Greg Taylor got forward with ease and opened up play down the left with some intelligent passes. The 24 year old was ample defensively in a solid display.
Matt O’Riley – 5/10
Starting as the deepest Celtic midfielder, Matt O’Riley had a few loose passes in the engine room. The Dane looked slow at times although did have a number of shots on goal, none of which, though, proved dividends.
Reo Hatate – 6/10
Kyogo – 7/10
Playing slightly deeper than usual in behind the striker, Kyogo got on the ball a fair bit and drove it forward a number of times with some sharp turns. The Japanese displayed his versatility with the role he played tonight although one wonders what could’ve happened had he netted on 63 minutes when played in one-on-one with the Shakhtar ‘keeper.
Sead Haksabanovic – 6/10
Although fairly lively early on, Sead Haksabanovic fell off as the match went on. The Montenegrin’s end product wasn’t there and he was subbed off on 65 minutes.
Liel Abada – 5/10
It would’ve been easy to say Liel Abada didn’t start the match as the Israeli didn’t contribute much. The Israeli was rather uninvolved and came off with around 25 to go.
Giorgos Giakoumakis – 8/10
With a ruthlessly clinical finish into the bottom right corner, Giorgos Giakoumakis opened the scoring for Celtic 34 minutes in. As well as netting the first Champions League goal of his career, Giakoumakis also held up play well and was one of his side’s foremost performers.
James Forrest, Aaron Mooy and Daizen Maeda came on with around 25 minutes to go.
The veteran winger was far more involved than Liel Abada, whom he replaced, and linked amply with Aaron Mooy at times.
The pair were vivacious down the right when introduced with Daizen Maeda also energetic on the opposite flank, getting in behind the Shakhtar defence a few times and contributing defensively.
The final Celtic sub of the night saw David Turnbull make his return from injury with six minutes to go however the Scot didn’t have any significant opportunities to affect the game due to the limited time he had on the pitch.
Celtic do still have one match to go in the Champions League (away at the Bernabeu next Wednesday) however it is mathematically impossible for the Hoops to stay in Europe beyond Christmas this season.
Nonetheless, the Hoops still gave a more than respectable account of themselves in their 2022/23 group campaign although the number of chances missed throughout will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Hoops’ fans.