By Alex McLeish

15th Sep, 2022 | 2:57pm

Celtic 'kicking themselves' amid 'really surprising' Jota claim - expert

Celtic will be “kicking themselves” after their 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night (14 September), according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Rangers and Scotland manager claimed Jota had great chances to win the game but he cannot be blamed as he created them for himself.

Celtic opened the scoring through an Artem Bondarenko own goal after just 10 minutes before Mykhaylo Mudryk levelled the scores just less than 20 minutes later.

Jota had five shots without scoring and lost possession 20 times, according to sofascore, and was named the man of the match.

“Honestly, they were clearly the better team,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I was really surprised that they came out of the traps given the result they had in last week’s game.

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“To see them being cautious and Celtic took the game to them and I’ve got to say that Celtic should have won by two or three if they had taken their opportunities better.

“They had some decent chances, Jota had two or three great chances and he actually created them himself so it was a great performance from him.

“Celtic will be kicking themselves that they didn’t score one.

“You could see in the second half that Shakhtar Donetsk were holding out for a draw. The manager’s tactics were almost like they passed backwards more than they did forwards.

“But for some brilliant play by individuals then Shaktar Donetsk would have lost that game.”

Celtic are now third in their Champions League group after two games.

They are next in European action next month (5 October) when they travel to RB Leipzig.

in other news, Frank McAvennie has lambasted “stupid” Celtic fans after the BBC’s investigation update.