Ange Postecoglou insists he’s not throwing in the towel on Celtic’s title hopes despite seeing his side slip six points adrift of leaders Rangers.
The Aussie boss was hoping to see his team bounce back from last week’s Livingston loss as they hosted Dundee United.
But instead, they allowed Liel Abada’s 16th-minute opener to be cancelled out almost immediately by Ian Harkes as Tam Courts' Tannadice team snatched their first point from Parkhead in eight-and-a-half years.
The results leaves Celtic languishing back in sixth place – six points behind bitter rivals Rangers after just seven games.
But Postecoglou insists he has no intention of admitting defeat in his quest to wrestle the Premiership crown away from Ibrox.
He said: “It's a weird league. You call things early here, don't you? It's quite remarkable that seven games in people are calling the title already.
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“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.
“Obviously it's very disappointing in terms of the effort the players put in and the chances we created. It certainly warranted us getting the points but in the end unfortunately we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.
“The players are disappointed but as I said to them, the result is on me. The performance level they put in with three games in a week without changing the team too much, not just this week but right through this period, right to the end there they were still giving everything and still creating chances.
“I couldn't praise them high enough for the efforts they put in. OK, we didn't get the win that we wanted but they gave everything they could.”
Postecoglou suffered a fresh fitness headache when Josip Juranovic limped off with a tight hamstring after just 25 minutes in while James McCarthy had to be replaced at the break after taking a couple of whacks.
The pressure is piling on the Parkhead boss - whose side struck the crossbar three times - but he is refusing to give in to his critics.
“I know people are wanting to push me on some kind of edge of the ledge somewhere - it's just not going to happen,” he declared.
“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.”
United remain a point in front of Celtic after their deserved draw but Courts felt his team should have had a first half penalty after seeing Cameron Carter-Vickers barge over Nicky Clark during the first half.
“I have contrasting emotions just now,” said the Tangerines head coach. “First and foremost, I'm really proud of the players for their bravery to come here and put on a performance like that.
“But I am also slightly frustrated because in the first-half we were denied a stonewall penalty.
"I accept that Celtic had a couple of chances and hit the woodwork, but I thought we probably just merited the three points on the balance of play.
“I’m standing diagonally behind [the incident] and I can see there is a barge on the back. It is a huge call at a huge stadium with a lot of fans here.
“Also, the referee might have had to produce a red card. For whatever reason, he has decided not to award the penalty.
"I will show a bit of professional decorum but I am really expecting better from the officials.”