Celtic failed to build on a dominant start to their Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Poland.
Reo Hatate’s run past the home defense saw Celtic take an early lead, but Mykhaylo Mudryk equalized on the stroke of half-time in the 29th minute. Off the pitch, anti-monarchy banners and boos from the traveling Celtic fans led to an apology from BT Sport.
In the early stages of the game, a banner in the Celtic end was unfurled which read ‘Fuck the Crown’ while another read ‘Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan’, a reference to the intruder who broke into the bedroom of the Queen’s Palace in Buckingham. 1982.
Away fans also chanted “If you hate the Royal Family, clap your hands” during the match in Warsaw. There was no minute’s silence for the Queen after talks between the two clubs and UEFA, but both players wore black armbands.
On the pitch, Celtic made a bright start as Matt O’Reilly played in Kyogo Furuhashi in the first minute, but Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoly Trubin got a leg at the striker’s shot to push it away. Greg Taylor’s cross was deflected beyond the Japan striker and O’Reilly had an effort saved before Celtic took the lead in the 10th minute.
Josip Juranovic’s cross found Sead Haksabanovic, who was making his first start for the club. The winger fed Hatate’s forward drive and the midfielder’s shot deflected past Artem Bondarenko and went in.
Celtic continued to cause Shakhtar plenty of problems with their passing and movement, but the Ukrainian side drew level. A pass inside former Legia right-back Juranovic gave left winger Mudric a clear run on goal and he fired high into the net.
The goal gave Donetsk a big lead and ex-Celtic winger Marian Sved soon had the ball in the net. Shved, who made just three appearances for the Hoops, was denied his dream goal by an offside flag against provider Mudryk. Swede’s effort was then saved by Joe Hart before Celtic had a chance to regroup at half-time.
The visitors started well again and Jota’s effort went wide seconds after the restart, but Shakhtar cleared the danger. The Portuguese winger twice came close to scoring memorable goals, but had his shots blocked at the end of impressive mazes. O’Reilly threatened several times before his replacement David Turnbull fired wide from 25 yards.
Daizen Maeda saw an acrobatic effort deflected over and another substitute, Giakoumakis, missed Celtic’s best chance for a winner with five minutes remaining. Taylor’s pass found the normally on-point Greek striker unmarked, but he curled his shot wide left from 14 yards.
Maeda also had a good chance late on, but the Japanese striker shot wide as he slid to meet Juranovic’s cross. Giakoumakis then beat the keeper on a cross, but his header didn’t have enough power to escape a retreating Shakhtar defender, who stopped it going over the line.
Having also wasted chances in their opening defeat to Real Madrid, Celtic now face another away trip, this time to RB Leipzig. The point continued Shakhtar’s positive start to Group F following last week’s shock win over Leipzig.
The Ukrainian side, who have been displaced from their home ground since 2014, drew a crowd of almost 30,000 to Legia Warsaw’s ground, but the noise – and the controversy – came from the away fans.