Who was star man as Celtic went toe-to-toe with Atlético Madrid?

It was a point apiece at Celtic Park on Wednesday, as Celtic brought the fight to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.

The Hoops were unlucky to only take a point on the night, as once again over the course of the game Celtic looked comfortable and were the better team for long periods.

The team remained competitive but it was to be just a point on the night where every player wearing the green and white stood up to the task and made a positive contribution.

Here are A Celtic State of Mind’s player ratings for the draw with Atlético Madrid:

Joe Hart – 7

Hart’s performance would have been under the microscope, with two high-profile errors in the competition so far proving costly. He made a good save from Antoine Griezmann’s penalty kick but was unlucky to see the Frenchman slam home the rebound.

Alistair Johnston – 6

The Canadian was always looking to get forward against an organised Atleti side. He linked up and released Daizen Maeda on multiple occasions and put in a solid shift.

Cameron Carter-Vickers – 7

The American international made a few errors that went unpunished, but was always on hand to help out the defensive effort when backs were against the wall in the second-half. He perhaps could have better tracked the run of Alvaro Morata for Atlético Madrid’s second goal of the night.

Liam Scales – 8

Scales continues to rise to the occasion on the big nights, as he put in another impressive display on the European stage. He won his aerial duels well and didn’t mess around when it came to clearing his lines.

Greg Taylor – 6

Taylor gave away what looked to be a controversial penalty for a foul on Nahuel Molina, and perhaps should have closed down Marcos Llorente before he could provide the assist for Morata’s headed effort.

His pass to release Maeda, who set up Palma for Celtic’s second goal, was inch perfect.

Callum McGregor – 7

McGregor put in a professional and composed display in the heart of the midfield, constantly providing a passing option for a heavily pressed Celtic defence.

Reo Hatate – N/A

Reo started the game positively, but was brought off after just 7 minutes with what looked like a hamstring injury.

It was a devastating blow for Celtic and the player, and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for the playmaker’s quick return.

Matt O’Riley – 8

He picked up UEFA’s man-of-the-match award for his performance on the night, as he produced another top-drawer display in Europe’s premier competition. O’Riley provided another incisive assist for Kyogo Furuhashi’s opening goal and was always providing a problem for the visitors.

 

Daizen Maeda – 7

The winger was relentless on the night, causing havoc for Javi Galan who was brought off at half-time to escape further torment from the 26-year-old.

Kyogo Furuhashi – 8

Much like Maeda, Kyogo was a constant menace on the night as he never stopped running until he was substituted with 10 minutes to go. He took his goal well, his second Champions League goal in successive games.

Luis Palma – 8

The Honduran was constantly pressing and provided a lethal finish which cannoned in off the post to put Celtic back in front. He did look tired in the second-half after the sheer amount of running he did in the first, and was replaced by Nat Phillips in a tactical change.

Substitutes:

Paulo Bernardo – 6

The Portuguese midfielder was brought on following Hatate’s injury and whilst clearly lacking in match sharpness, he gave his all on the pitch and was always willing to put a challenge in when required.

Nat Phillips – 6

Was brought on for the last half-hour in place of Luis Palma to help shore things up at the back, and the Englishman helped out with the defensive effort against an Atleti side that were going in search of a winner.

James Forrest – 5

Was brought on for the final 10 minutes but wasn’t able to make much happen.

JAMES MCKENZIE // Follow James HERE

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