Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou started his tenure as the new head coach with a 1-1 draw against FC Midtjylland. Both sides had one of their players sent off and finished the game with 10 men each. Israeli winger Liel Abada scored on his competitive debut to give the hosts the lead after 37 minutes.
The 9000 home fans were disappointed to see defender Nir Bitton sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the first half. The second was after an altercation with Anders Dreyer. He was then sent off after receiving a yellow for another dive shortly after the start of the second half.
The match burst into life after the first red card with Ryan Christie hitting the post from close range. The Scotland winger was involved once again but only managed to head the ball over the goal.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “I can’t ask any more of the players. We will be better prepared, no doubt, in eight days’ time.” Postecoglou said after his Celtic side were held by FC Midtjylland. “In fact, I don’t think we will ever be as badly prepared as we were tonight going into such an important game and that’s on me. It is, I’m the manager of the football club. I’m the one that takes that responsibility of providing support for the players and staff.”
“If things aren’t happening it’s on me to make them happen. I haven’t done a great job so far, to be honest, because, with the disruptions we’ve had, we haven’t been able to bring the players in,” he added. “My role is to try and reinforce this squad and to try to prepare this squad for what is ahead, and to their credit, the players didn’t look for excuses tonight.