posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 04:41 PM
Celtic's European adventure came to an end despite holding Serie A champions Milan to a draw at Parkhead tonight. That was not enough to secure a UEFA
Cup place as Shakhtar Donetsk beat Barcelona in the Ukraine to leave Martin O'Neill's side bottom of the group.
Celtic started brightly and put the Milan defence under a fair bit of pressure.
But the Rossoneri came closest to taking an early lead when Sandro Costacurta sent Serginho scampering through and his angled drive smacked against
the post with Magnus Hedman beaten.
McGeady was doing his best to inspire his team-mates with some sublime wing play but Greek referee Kyros Vassaras was helping to frustrate them with
some strange decisions. Lennon became the first player booked for dissent in the 37th minute but Celtic could have snatched the lead, two minutes
before the break.
Jackie McNamara's cross came to John Hartson and he swivelled and crashed a shot towards goal which Dida somehow tipped over the crossbar. By the
interval, Celtic knew Shakthar were 2-0 up and nothing less than a victory would now appeat to suffice.
Celtic continued to struggle to break down a resolute Milan defence and the visitors always looked dangerous on the break. Indeed, Andriy Shevchenko
drove wide when well placed that could have sealed their fate well before the final whistle.