Ange Postecoglou called for a more “decisive” Celtic after the “wasteful” Hoops opened their Scottish Premiership title defence with a 2-0 home win against Aberdeen.

In front of 60,000 fans at Parkhead, Celtic made the perfect start when defender Stephen Welsh scored in just the third minute.

However, it took until the 75th minute for the Hoops to seal their win via a brilliant goal from Portuguese attacker Jota.

Former Socceroos coach Postecoglou – embarking on his second season in charge of the Glasgow giants and now having a coaching staff that includes Australian great Harry Kewell – wasn’t entirely satisfied with his side’s performance despite the victory.

“Overall, a decent performance but I thought we were wasteful in front of goal or could have been a bit more clinical,” the Hoops manager said.

“You can be patient, but if there’s chances there you take them.

“We’ve got goalscorers in our team from all over the park and I just thought we weren’t as decisive as we should have been.

“We started the game really well and the first half-hour I thought we were really strong and controlled the game.

“We got a bit slack in the last 10 minutes of the first half and allowed them to get a bit of hold in the game, although they weren’t really a threat.

“We know Jota has that quality in him and he’s a fantastic talent, but he’s one of the ones where I thought in the first half, especially in the last 15 minutes, went away from what we do, and he needs to make sure that he’s always performing at the levels that we know he can.

“He addressed that in the second half. It was much better and he scored a fantastic goal.”

Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy, who joined Celtic less than two weeks ago, was among the substitutes and entered the contest in the final 10 minutes as a replacement for Matt O’Riley.

Mooy’s Socceroos teammate, ex-Central Coast Mariners defender Kye Rowles, made his Scottish Premiership debut for Hearts in their 2-1 weekend win over Ross County.

Rowles’ former Mariners teammate, goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, also made his Scottish top-flight debut for Dundee United, who drew 1-1 with Kilmarnock.

Socceroos left back Aziz Behich, who last week joined Birighitti at the Tangerines, is awaiting his international clearance and the approval of his work permit.

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