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Jota Gets 8.5 | Celtic Players Rated In Their Draw Against Shakhtar Donetsk

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Celtic were back in action tonight in Poland as they locked horns with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. They were headstrong against Real Madrid for an hour before conceding thrice at Parkhead last midweek.

Shakhtar, on the other hand, demolished RB Leipzig in the opening encounter, but they only managed a 1-1 draw, thanks to a stellar strike from Mykhaylo Mudryk around the half-hour mark. The Hoops failed to find a winning goal despite creating a plethora of chances all throughout the contest.

Below are the Celtic players rated in their 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Joe Hart: 7

Could have done little to deny Mudryk from finding the net. Did well to push behind Marian Shved’s effort a few minutes after the equalizer. Was hardly tested otherwise.

Josip Juranovic: 8

His clearance-cum-long ball for Haksabanovic resulted in the opening goal around the 10th-minute mark. He was rock-solid down the right with defensive duties as well as overlapping runs.

Cameron Carter-Vickers: 7.5

Did well to play it out from the back. Maintained his composure against the home side’s attacking threats. Won most of the duels maintaining discipline in the heart of the backline.

Mortiz Jenz: 7.5

Another resilient display from the centre-half with timely clearances, recoveries and interceptions. Played the most number of passes during the match.

Greg Taylor: 7

Another disciplined performance from the left fullback even though he got dispossessed a few times. Was quick to make recoveries and cover the ground.

Callum McGregor: 7.5

Controlled the game from his deep-lying midfield role. Exhibit his vision, technical ability and distribution traits from the centre of the pitch.

Filipe Jota

Matt O’Riley: 8

Tested Anatolii Trubin twice in the Shakhtar goal and kept on creating chances with his crosses and long balls. Was taken off for Aaron Mooy midway through the second half.

Reo Hatate: 7.5

His cross deflected off Artem Bondarenko before finding the net. Worked really hard with tireless runs and recoveries irrespective of a few misplaced passes. Made way for David Turnbull midway through the second half.

Filipe Jota: 8.5

Kept on switching flanks as he looked menacing with his swift footwork and exquisite dribbling ability. Had plenty of efforts which, however, were either denied by Trubin or blocked by the Shakhtar backline. Made way for Liel Abada with a few minutes remaining.

Sead Hakšabanović: 7

Set it up for Hatate before the goal. Drew a few fouls and did his best to link up with his teammates before making way for Daizen Maeda at half-time.

Kyogo Furuhashi: 7

Although he had only a few touches upfront, his pace and liveliness caused problems in the opponents’ defensive third. Was taken off for Giorgos Giakoumakis midway through the second half.

Celtic Subs vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Daizen Maeda: 7

Missed a great opportunity of finding the winning goal.

Aaron Mooy: 6.5

Pulled the strings expertly with his great passing range.

David Turnbull: 6.5

Looked purposeful with his runs and movements in and around the attacking third.

Giorgos Giakoumakis: 6

Should have fired in a late winner had he been more clinical upfront.

Liel Abada: NA 

Played too little to warrant a rating.

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