Postecoglou rues missed chance

21 July 2021 17:18:42

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou believes his side deserved a win in their 1-1 draw with Midtjylland in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday.

In their opening match of the new Premiership season, Celtic are? to beat Hearts, who can be backed at? to come out on top with the draw .

Postecoglou, who has previously managed Melbourne Victory and the Australian national team among others, was taking charge of his first competitive match for the Hoops.

And debutant Liel Abada gave his new manager a dream start when scoring the opening goal at Celtic Park after 39 minutes.

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But the Scottish club were down to ten men before the break when Nir Bitton was shown a second yellow card for how he reacted to simulation from Anders Dreyer, who himself was sent off in the second half.

An Evander free-kick then levelled the scores and the first leg of the tie finished all square with the second leg taking place in Denmark next Wednesday.

The winner of the tie will face either PSV or Galatasaray in the next round and Postecoglou believes his team deserved more than a draw from the first leg.

Reflecting on his team's performance, Postecoglou said: "We deserved the three points - we played really well, especially in the first half.

"We controlled the game, scored a good goal and hit the post - we went down to ten men for a significant amount of time and had to work hard.

"We created some good chances again and limited them to two strikes on goal throughout the whole game so it's a wee bit of a missed opportunity. At the same time, it was a fantastic effort from the players."

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