Celtic travelled to Poland to take on Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk looking to get their first points of their Champions League campaign.
The game was taking place at Legia Warsaw’s municipal stadium due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the Polish side offering up their ground as an adopted home for all of Shakhtar’s European matches.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou sprung a surprise before kick-off by handing Sead Haksabanovic a first start in a Celtic shirt.
In typical Celtic style, the visitors started the game at a lightening pace and were in front after 10 minutes.
Haksabanovic latched on to a long hopeful ball from Josip Juranovic following a wave of attacks from the away side. The Montenegrin then found the run of Reo Hatate breaking the Shakhtar defensive lines, who slipped the ball past goalkeeper Antolli Trubin via a deflection from the desperate Artem Bondarenko.
Celtic forced another save from Trubin just before the half hour mark. Having already almost gifted Kyogo a tap in, the keeper denied defender Moritz Jenz with his feet.
Less than a minute after they could have doubled their lead and Shakhtar had levelled the score, completely against the run of play. Mykhaylo Mudryk raced away from Juranovic before dispatching a devastating finish over Joe Hart.
The home side thought they had snatched a lead when former Celtic man Maryan Shved rifled home from inside the box, but the assistant referee came to the Hoops’ rescue spotting that the ball had went out of play earlier in the move.
Celtic fans will be in disbelief that they are not ahead at the break given the way they started but the final 15 minutes will act as a warning that Shakhtar are not in forgiving mood if chances come their way.