Celtic were defeated 4-3 by Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday, leaving Ange Postecoglou to rue a sequence of squandered opportunities.
“It’s mixed emotions,” Postecoglou said. “I’m really proud of the players. I think against a quality opponent, we took the game to them and had our moments where we could have got away from them.
“Unfortunately we didn’t do that and they’ve got some quality up front that punished us.
“The players hung in there until the end and I thought it was a good game.”
“The football we played was exactly the sort of team we want to be, but we’ve still to improve,” he told Celtic TV.
“When you come away from home, score three goals and create many more chances apart from that, I think moving forward there’s some good signs there.
“I don’t think there was much between the teams,” he added.
“We probably had an equal amount of chances but they took one more of theirs than we did.
“As I said before the game, we’re trying to build resilience with this group. We don’t want to make excuses; we want to be a certain kind of football team, irrespective of the circumstances and that’s what the players showed today.”