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A feisty Ange Postecoglou is refusing to panic despite Celtic being booed off after a 1-1 draw against Dundee United to extend their troubled start to the Scottish Premiership season.

Ange Postecoglou’s side took the lead through Liel Abada’s goal at Parkhead, but Ian Harkes equalised immediately afterwards.

With Celtic unable to mount a coherent response, Albian Ajeti produced a strong contender for miss of the season when he blazed over from two yards.

That left the Hoops forced to settle for a result that leaves them languishing in sixth place in the table.

Celtic are already six points behind leaders Rangers as they try to regain the title from their bitter Glasgow rivals.

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Dundee United manager Tam Courts (l) looks on as Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou reacts on the sidelines during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee United.Source: Getty Images

While Postecolgou was met with high praise early in his tenure, recent results have heaped the pressure on. The former Socceroos manager, though, says the title race is a long way from over.

“It’s a weird league,” he said. “You call things early here, don’t you? It’s quite remarkable that seven games in people are calling the title already.

“It’s just not how I work. I’m not pulling up stumps after seven games just because other people seem to think there is some sort of insurmountable challenge out there for us.

“If we weren’t playing well, if we were struggling through things, then by all means I would be looking at things a lot differently.

“With the efforts we are putting in at the moment, and the football we are playing, and the chances we are creating, and what we have got to come back into the team, I just see it totally differently.”

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Postecolgou said there were people “wanting to push me on some kind of edge of the ledge somewhere. It’s just not going to happen.

“I don’t worry about those things. I look at how my team is playing and what we are trying to create. I know it frustrates people because I know what they want me to say . . . I don’t know what they want me to say to be honest.

“I know what the club is about, I know what the expectations are. I believe the road we have started on will get us there so we will just keep going.”

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute when Abada got in front of his marker to head home Jota’s cross from six yards.

But United levelled when Ilmari Niskanen emerged with the ball on the left wing following Anthony Ralston’s sliding challenge and whipped in a cross which Harkes headed into the corner of the net from six yards.

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Celtic should have hit back instantly from the same source as their opener. Abada brought down Jota’s far-post cross and squared for Ajeti but the striker blazed over from two yards right in the middle of the posts.

David Turnbull almost lifted an audibly frustrated home support in the final minute of the half when he turned and unleashed a powerful left-footed strike from 25 yards that hit the underside of the bar.

Jota volleyed just over under pressure and Tom Rogic headed against the bar from eight yards.

Louis Appere forced a good stop from Joe Hart as United threatened a late winner before Jota hit a looping strike off the bar before the full-time whistle sparked jeers around the stadium.

In Sunday’s other matches, Hibernian climbed to second place after Socceroos Martin Boyle’s 61st minute penalty secured 1-0 win against St Johnstone, while St Mirren beat Aberdeen 3-2.

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