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Media wowed by 'outstanding' Hatate against Shakhtar Donetsk
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Media wowed by 'outstanding' Hatate against Shakhtar Donetsk

Several media outlets have lauded Reo Hatate after Celtic drew their second Champions League group-stage clash, with the midfielder labelled outstanding after his performance against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Hoops missed an opportunity to notch their first win of this year’s competition. Ange Postecoglou’s men created more than enough chances to secure the three points.

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Several players shone in the 1-1 draw. Jota was brilliant and nearly scored one of the goals of the season during the second-half. And Greg Taylor was another who had some really bright moments.

But some Celtic fans may have picked out Hatate as their standout performer. The 24-year-old’s strike led to the own goal that put the Hoops in front. And his energy throughout made a big difference for the visitors.

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He was superb in the middle of the park. And he was given 8/10 ratings by both Glasgow World and Football Scotland. No Celtic player was rated higher by either outlet.

Meanwhile, the Daily Record was full of praise for the energy he provided.

“Got a bit of luck with the opener but deserved it after his lung-bursting run in to the box. Put in the kind of shift that was tiring to watch,” the Daily Record wrote.

“Outstanding display. Brilliant lung-bursting run to latch onto Haksabanovic’s pass before seeing his deflected shot find the net after 10 minutes. Bossed the midfield and his movement around the pitch was excellent,” was the view from Glasgow World.

“Opened the scoring after a purposeful run from midfield to support the attack. Possesses great vision, and his passing was impressive in spells,” said Football Scotland.

“So comfortable in possession and press resistant – a top player.”

Hatate outstanding against Shakhtar

Celtic have every reason to be optimistic heading into the final four games of the group-stages. They threatened to cause a real upset against Real Madrid. And they probably were left kicking themselves that they did not.

Meanwhile, they created more than enough chances to beat Shakhtar. Nevertheless, a point away from home is rarely a bad result in the Champions League.

They have shown that they can compete at this level. And they will take real confidence from the performances that they have now produced in both of their opening two games.

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