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Summary

  1. Schone free-kick brings Ajax level
  2. Celtic's Izaguirre sent off for two bookings
  3. Lustig heads Celtic in front a second time
  4. Fischer shot cancelled out Bitton's opening strike
  5. Molde top Group A after beating Fenerbahce

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Celtic drew 2-2 with Ajax
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So, Celtic start their Europa League with a decent point away to Ajax but there will be a few what-ifs since Ronny Deila's men were looking comfortable at 2-1 before Emilio Izaguirre's red card.

We'll be back with more live action from the Scottish Premiership over the weekend. Goodnight and thanks for your company.

And more from Ronny Deila

"We are a team and we win and lose together. Emilio Izaguirre does not have a bad record for red cards and he was having a good game before the sending off. He was keeping their best player quiet."

More from Ronny Deila

"It was a very good delivery [for the second Ajax goal] but it's something we need to work on; we need to get to the ball first."

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"We had a great attitude and I'm very proud of the boys. We had good control before the sending off. When we went to 10 men we were in trouble and I think a draw is okay."

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald on Sportsound

"Celtic were the better team after the interval and you were waiting for them to get a third goal on the break because Ajax were pushing so many bodies forward. Then came the red card and it changed everything."

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonnar on Sportsound

"I don't know if this zonal thing is working for Celtic, they are giving away far too many goals from set-pieces. It's costing them every week and you can't dismiss that"

It has to be remembered that Davy Klaassen did make a mess of two good opportunities for Ajax in the second half, while Arkadiusz Milik headed over from close range, so the home side will think a draw was the least they deserved.

I'm sure Celtic fans would have taken a draw prior to kick-off but this was a great opportunity to get three points on the board in week one of the Europa League.

The Scottish champions have only won twice in their last 16 away days in Europe - and both of those came in Iceland.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BT Sport

"We have been through a tough period. This is a good start. Good defence and good organisation. The confidence will come. When we played 11 v 11, they didn't have too many chances."

There was something of a shock in Group A's other match with Molde winning 3-1 away to Fenerbahce.

Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

MBEHAN on Twitter: "Celtic pressing the self destruct button again, why wasn't a proper left back signed during transfer window, #bbcscotfootball"

Marco Silva: "Izaguirre, as always, ends up being a liability #bbcscotfootball"

Andrew Priestley: "Before kick-off Celtic would definitely have taken a draw away to Ajax to start, but at FT it's a disappointing result. #bbcscotfootball"

FULL-TIME

Ajax 2-2 Celtic

A point away from home against the Dutch league leaders doesn't sound too bad does it? But Celtic were looking comfortable at 2-1 before Emilio Izaguirre was sent packing for a second booking on 74 minutes.

Kris Commons made the difference for Celtic, setting up first-half goals for Nir Bitton and Mikael Lustig.

We're into added time in stoppage time...

Celtic are temporarily reduced to nine men as Nir Bitton limps off but he's not away for long and he's back in the thick of the action as the visitors dig in.

Ajax pump the ball long into the penalty area and it lands up in the arms of Craig Gordon. Will Ajax get another chance in the remaining couple of minutes?

CLOSE!

The board goes up showing four minutes of stoppage-time just as Arkadiusz Milik heads over the top from close range.

We're into the 89th minute now. Can 10-man Celtic hold on for what would be a very useful point?

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Chris Williams on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball What the hell did I just say about zonal marking?!!!!!! Doesn't work Ronny, stop doing it."

GOAL

Ajax 2-2 Celtic (Schone)

This guy loves a goal against Celtic... Having scored in both of the 2013 Champions League meetings, Lasse Schone has done it again to draw Ajax level. The Danish substitute powers in a dangerous free-kick from out on the left and everyone misses it, including an unconvincing Craig Gordon.

SUBSTITUTION

A depleted and tiring Celtic are now hanging on grimly, packing men along their 18 yard line as Kris Commons goes off to be replaced by defender Saidy Janko.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Craig Gordon is hesitant as Mitchell Dijks gets his head to a deep cross and the ball comes off the inside of the post. The Celtic goalkeeper redeems himself by clawing the loose ball away as a cluster of players throw themselves at it. A narrow escape for the visitors...

CLOSE!

Ajax really should be level as Davy Klaassen rises to meet the ball in a central position maybe 10 yards out but he skews and awkward header narrowly wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Ten-man Celtic also make a change and it's James Forrest who is sacrificed for Tyler Blackett, who will fill in for the prematurely departed Emilio Izaguirre.

SUBSTITUTION

Ajax swap a Dane for Dane as goalscorer Viktor Fischer is replaced by Lasse Schone, who scored in each of the 2013 meetings with Celtic.

RED CARD

A now Emilio Izaguirre is off! What was the full-back thinking of as he chopped the legs away from Anwar El Ghazi?

Celtic pair Emilio Izguirre and Stefan Johansen, both on yellow cards, clatter into opponents in quick succession, drawing weak claims for further action from the home side.

SUBSTITUTION

Celtic are forced into a change as Mikael Lustig limps off and Efe Ambrose comes on to take over at right-back. The big Nigerian is involved right away as his uncertain touch forces Craig Gordon to look lively and come running to smother.

Upset-o-clock in Group A's other match: Molde are now 3-1 up at Fenerbahce, with Martin Linnes scoring on 64 minutes.

Celtic spring another counter-attack and Stefan Johansen cuts in from the right to try and find Kris Commons at the near post bit the pass is cut out by Thulani Serero. Leigh Griffiths then has a pop from distance, with Jasper Cillessen holding on to the skidding ball.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Ajax make a couple of changes, with Daley Sinkgraven and Amin Younes making way for Thulani Serero and Arkadiusz Milik.

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John Everyman on Twitter: "In my view, Commons & Forrest are the 2 best players on the team & should be on the pitch in all but the rare circumstance #bbcscotfootball"

Kris Commons chips a cute ball over the top of the Ajax defence for Leigh Griffiths to run on to. The angle is tight and the striker is stretching as he volleys into the side-netting.

Tom English

BBC Scotland at the Amsterdam Arena

"Kris Commons underlying the madness of the decision to leave him on the bench at Aberdeen on Saturday. Two assists so far and every time he stands over a corner Ajax gulp hard. His deliveries are causing the home team huge trouble."

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig gets his head to another Kris Commons corner but can only steer the ball wide. The home fans are growing more and more disgruntled.

Molde take the lead against Fenerbahce again, with Mohammed Elyounoussi on target. It's 2-1 to the Norwegians now.

Celtic cause more problems from a Kris Commons corner, with James Forrest having two shots blocked in the area.

A few holes appear in the Celtic defence but the visitors are let off the hook as Davy Klaassen attempts a fancy flick when he had time and space to let fly with a shot from the edge of the box.

The impressive Amsterdam ArenA is close to full but the home fans have been pretty quiet. Can Celtic keep it that way?

Ajax exert some pressure and win a corner in unusual circumstances as goalkeeper Craig Gordon clips the heels of team-mate Emilio Izaguirre as he shapes to kick clear. The set-piece comes to nothing, sparing the Celtic duo any further embarrassment.

KICK-OFF

The second half is up and running. No changes in personnel for either side.