Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw Scottish Premiership draw as new boy Nicolas Kuhn came to the champions' rescue against Aberdeen.

In a pulsating match at Pittodrie, Bojan Miovski had given the hosts the lead after 50 minutes but substitute Kuhn hit the leveller after 64 minutes to give the visitors a share of the spoils.

Luis Palma thought he'd given the visitors the lead when he tapped into the net after seven minutes but after a lengthy VAR check, it was ruled out for offside.

The Honduran then smashed a drive off the crossbar when it looked easier to score after half an hour before the same player slammed the ball into Mikey Devlin as he wasted yet another decent opportunity.

Portuguese midfielder Paulo Bernardo then dinked an effort off the woodwork in first-half stoppage time as Celtic's total domination failed to break the deadlock by the break.

Reputed Celtic's January transfer window target Miovski then stunned the champions with a superbly taken opening goal after 50 minutes when he used Maik Nawrocki as a shield and the North Macedonian curled a beauty beyond Joe Hart.

It was game on after 64 minutes when substitute Nicolas Kuhn cracked home an equaliser to open his account for the men in green and white before Matt O'Riley hit the outside of the post.

Hart then saved brilliantly from Graeme Shinnie as the action swung from end to end.

It was not to be for Rodgers's men as Celtic were denied a 10th straight league win over the Reds.

The race for the Scottish Premiership title is well and truly alive and kicking.

Mixed bag for Maik

After an injury-hit first half of the season, it looks as if the Polish defender is getting into the swing of things at Celtic. The 22-year-old was the club’s most expensive acquisition of last summer and came in with big expectations to deliver immediately. Of course, that has not been the case, as he was one of the many defensive casualties of the opening months of the campaign. Things have changed, though, and Nawrocki looks every inch a starting Celtic centre-back, in all aspects of the job description. He seemed to love the physical battle with the imposing Miovski, embracing every tussle he had with the big North Macedonia striker. Possession a strong upper-body physique, he won every early battle with Aberdeen’s number nine, though his most impressive display would be with his playmaking. Lofting a lovely weighted pass over the top to his own striker Kyogo, Nawrocki managed to break the Aberdeen lines and find the Japan forward with relative ease, though Palma’s resulting tap-in was judged to be offside following a VAR review. He played another similar cross which found the same target, though less came of that in the following seconds. Just moments after Graeme Shinnie’s booking, Nawrocki joined him on the referee’s list, which looked nothing more than an innocuous mistimed foul from the otherwise solid defender. After going one-on-one with Miovski at the start of the second half, the North Macedonian got the better of him, with Nawrocki and the defence conceding. Much like the Bernabei/Palma partnership, a mutual understanding is emerging between Nawrocki and his fellow defender in Scales, as both seem to know where the other is going to be at the back at any given moment. They will need to get acquainted with one another, as the recurring injury troubles to Cameron Carter-Vickers do not seem to be ending anytime soon. For Nawrocki in particular, it looks as if he is going to get a clear run at it, something he has been starved of thus far this campaign.

Ryan McGinlay

Palma in the thick of it

The Honduran winger would have been desperate to make amends after last weekend's lackadaisical double penalty miss against the Staggies. He was involved in a lot of Celtic's offensive play in the opening period and prodded home on seven minutes only for it to be ruled out by VAR after Kelle Roos had spilled Liel Abada's effort. The 24-year-old forced a two-handed save from Roos after firing in a shot but he spurned a glorious opportunity when he rattled the crossbar from the angle of the six-yard box with the goal gaping. He then hammered in a rather hurried effort off Devlin when more composure would have seen him opening the scoring. It was a mixed bag for Palma and whilst some of his set-piece deliveries left a lot to be desired yet he still managed to whip in a couple of decent crosses from the wide areas. He caused real problems down the left flank but he is still very wasteful and is a highly frustrating player to watch at times. 

Tony Haggerty

So-so for Bernabei

Despite a so-so performance at Celtic Park against Ross County, the Argentinian left-back retained his place for this game at Pittodrie. A contentious position amongst many concerning personnel, Bernabei got in ahead of Scales in this area, though the Republic of Ireland player assumed his usual spot at left centre-back. It is even more contentious, given the fact that the club failed to sign a player for this position, despite the injury to Greg Taylor a few weeks ago. Many names were linked, such as Tiago Araujo and Owen Beck, but none came through the door – or window – in the winter period. Bernabei started this game well, trying his best to get to the byline and make things happen in an attacking sense. Despite being one of the smallest players in the park, he has a great leap that makes up for his diminutive frame at the back. However, with the good comes the not-so-good with Bernabei, and his simple play can leave a lot to be desired at times. His passing can be erratic, and the same can be said about his defensive qualities, too. Regardless, he is Celtic’s only fit left-back, and it seems that Rodgers is electing to persevere with him, despite his faults. One positive is that he seems to be forming a nice partnership with his fellow wing player in Palma, as both seem to understand each other’s movements and appear to be on the same wavelength in games. A willing runner, what he lacks in ability he makes up for in endeavour and dig. You would hope that Rodgers sees him as a long-term project, rather than a stopgap to tide the team over until Taylor returns. After all, Celtic need to get their value from a player valued at £3.75 million from somewhere! He was replaced by Anthony Ralston with 30 minutes to go.

Ryan McGinlay

Nicolas Kuhn digs Celtic out of a hole

The £3 million January signing from Rapid Vienna made his presence felt almost immediately as he drilled home an equaliser when Celtic desperately needed it most. The winger took one touch to get the ball out of his feet and cracked a deflected drive home minutes after coming onto the field of play. It was a clever, quick piece of thinking from Kuhn and it revitalised his team. It was the 13th goal of the season from a Celtic substitute and it was a timely change from Rodgers.  Kuhn's strike was the spark that the champions needed in the second half to ignite them. It was the impact that his manager and the faithful hoped that he would make. He displayed some good feet at times down the right flank and seemed to enjoy his outing. He was very agile and did more in his cameo than Liel Abada did during his 58 minutes in the park. 

Tony Haggerty

Idah impresses

Celtic required a catalyst just after half-time, as Miovski had put the hosts ahead thanks to an impressive individual strike. Because of this, Rodgers made three changes to get back on terms in the game. This allowed for Celtic’s new signing Idah to get involved with his first bit of action for his new employers since his arrival on deadline day. Playing as the furthest forward attacker with Kyogo supporting, Celtic went hell for leather in search of a way back into the game. His first contribution was a good one, as he did well to get out of fellow substitute Kühn’s way to allow the German to score his first goal for the club. A talented individual, the Irishman looked very comfortable on the ball and wanted to get his teammates involved as much as possible. A lovely backheel flick to Kyogo yielded nothing, though the intent was good from the imposing striker. You can see what Idah will bring to proceedings, as he can lead the line and take the ball deep in pressure-filled areas. Plenty more to come from the big man, but an impressive cameo by all accounts. Here’s hoping he can grow into his new surroundings, as Celtic will need him to deliver.

Ryan McGinlay