Ange critical despite opening Celtic win

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Ange Postecoglou watched Jota clinch Celtic's 2-0 win over Aberdeen with a quality strike but claimed the Portuguese winger was "one of the main culprits" in a "wasteful" Hoops performance.

Celtic got the defence of their Scottish Premiership title off to an ideal start at Parkhead when defender Stephen Welsh headed in a Matt O'Riley corner in the third minute.

However, after dominating most of the game thereafter, it took a terrific 20-yard drive in the 75th minute from Jota, whose loan move to Celtic from Benfica last season was made permanent in the summer for a reported fee of PS6.5million ($A11.3m), to seal the points.

On the day the league flag was unfurled, the Hoops' Australian boss said: "There is no doubt the boy has talent and he is determined to be the best footballer he can be.

"But he was one of the main culprits in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

"He was wasteful with the ball and he gave away possession when he didn't have to. These are the kind of things we have to avoid.

"We have to keep these guys on track and not let them get away from the things we want them to do.

"The good thing is he addressed it at halftime and in the second half, not just his goal but his general play was really good.

"It was a solid performance ... but I was disappointed because I thought we could have been a lot more clinical."

Postecoglou brought on Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy in the 82nd minute for his first appearance in Scotland for 10 years. The 31-year-old played two seasons with St Mirren.

Dons boss Jim Goodwin admitted his side were hampered by their nightmare start to the game.

"Obviously always disappointed to lose the game," the Irishman said.

"We knew how difficult it was going to be.

"You are playing the champions, there is obviously a real carnival atmosphere around the place and we spoke about the importance of trying to keep the fans as quiet as possible in the opening 15 to 20 minutes and try to cause some anxiety and hope that creeps on on the pitch, but we couldn't have started the game any worse.

"I have to credit the players, they didn't let their heads go down."

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