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'Celtic's best player on the night': Media wowed by 'sublime' Celtic 24-year-old v Real Madrid
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'Celtic's best player on the night': Media wowed by 'sublime' Celtic 24-year-old v Real Madrid

Celtic marked their return to the Champions League against arguably the biggest team in the competition – holders Real Madrid.

The Hoops welcomed Los Blancos at Celtic Park on Tuesday night and gave a great account of themselves in the first half.

Celtic went toe-to-toe with the champions of Europe and had more touches in the opposition box in the opening 45 minutes.

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Ange Postecoglou’s charges had several chances to take the lead, but they failed to do so.

And Real’s class ultimately showed as a devastating counter-attack saw Vinicius Jr break the deadlock on 56 minutes.

Four minutes later, Luka Modric made it two, and Eden Hazard added a third in the 77th minute.

But despite the unflattering scoreline, Celtic had plenty of positives to take from the encounter at Parkhead.

“Magnificent”

Quite a few Bhoys players impressed on the night, with Reo Hatate putting in a superb display.

Several media outlets hailed the 24-year-old for his efforts against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Football Scotland gave Hatate 8/10, writing: “A joy to watch at times.

“A couple of excellent passes in the first half and tested Courtois with a stinging effort.

“Was up against some world-class midfielders and didn’t look out of place.

“Celtic’s best player on the night!”

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The Daily Record went with 7/10, adding: “Japanese star was magnificent in first 45 for Celtic with a volleyed cross-field pass to Jota one of the highlights.

“Sharp as a tack before tiring after break.”

And Glasgow Live, like Football Scotland, went with 8/10.

“A bundle of energy but some of Hatate’s passing against arguably the best team in the world was sublime,” they wrote.

“Really cool under pressure.”

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