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Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
We preview Celtic's matchday 5 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F of the Champions League.
When and where to watch Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday 25 October.
You can catch all the action from Glasgow exclusively live on BT Sport 3.
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk match preview
A third-place finish and Europa League football remains a slim possibility, though. The Scottish Premiership champions need a victory against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night to keep those hopes alive.
In the end, a tough group has proved too much for Celtic on their return to the Champions League after ten years without qualifying.
But there is still pride to play for at the very least and Parkhead should be no less atmospheric for the visit of Shakhtar, who suffered a blow to their hopes of qualification by conceding a late equaliser to Real Madrid last time out.
Igor Jovicevic’s team have continued to play with consummate professionalism amid further escalation of the war in Ukraine, with some domestic matches postponed and home games played in Poland.
They have proved highly competitive in Group F, too, twice running Real Madrid close and beating RB Leipzig 4-1 in Germany.
Shakhtar will be aiming to beat Celtic and potentially move into second ahead of the final matchday, while Ange Postecoglou’s side will hope to avoid three home defeats from three in the Champions League.
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Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk predicted lineups
Celtic: (4-4-2) Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor, O'Riley, Maeda, Abada, Haksabanovic, Furuhashi, Giakoumakis.
Shakhtar Donetsk: (4-1-4-1) Trubin; Konoplya, Bondar, Matviyenko, Mykhailichenko, Stepanenko, Zubkov, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Mudryk, Traoré.
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Injuries and suspensions
Celtic are still without captain Callum McGregor, who is set for another few weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Postecoglou could be boosted by the return of both Jota and David Turnbull, although neither are likely to start.
Shakhtar have winger Marian Shved, defender Yukhym Konoplya and midfielder Oleg Ocheretko on the treatment table, while Victor Kornienko is a long-term absentee.
Form (last 6 matches)
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Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Form guide
Either side of Champions League defeats to RB Leipzig, Celtic have continued to swat all opponents aside in the Scottish Premiership.
The league leaders have won their last five domestically, scoring 18 in the process.
That imperious form hasn’t been replicated in Europe as yet, although glimpses of their quality have been on show throughout the group stages.
Celtic impressed for large periods of their 2-0 home defeat to Leipzig, but the clinical nature of their opposition - and Celtic’s profligacy - proved the difference.
Shakhtar’s scheduled league game against Mynai was postponed at the weekend, but their form has been strong despite repeated interruptions to the fixture list.
The 1-1 draw with Real Madrid - which was seconds away from being a famous victory - was followed by a 3-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League and a 3-0 win against Kolos.
Celtic vs Shakhtar: Last time they met
The last meeting between the two sides came back in September when Mykhaylo Mudryk cancelled out an early own goal from Artem Bondarenko.
Before then, the clubs had not met since 2007, when Celtic came out on top with a 2-1 win at Celtic Park in the Champions League group stages.
He said what?!
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has highlighted the challenge of beating this Shakhtar team:
“Our goal was to make an impact in the group first of all and then see where that took us. Obviously, we can’t now progress in the competition but there is still a window to play on.
“I think what is more important for us is that we play our football against a very good team.
“They [Shakhtar] have taken points off the other teams in the group so it is not like it is going to be an easy game for us, far from it. It will be a really challenging game and we are going to have to be at our best if we want to get anything out of the game.
"If we do get something out of it, if we get a win, then it keeps our [Europa League] hopes alive and that is the first thing we need to do.”
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Players to watch
Linked with Arsenal and widely considered one of Europe’s brightest prospects, Mykhaylo Mudryk is without question the one to watch almost every time Shakhtar take to the pitch.
The 21-year-old winger, who plays predominantly on the left flank, scored in the 1-1 draw with Celtic last month. He got a goal in Shakhtar’s 4-1 win over Leipzig, too, as well as a couple of assists.
Mudryk was kept relatively quiet by Real Madrid, and it should be remembered that he is still a nascent talent, but he followed up the double header against the European champions by netting three goals in two league games.
For Celtic, Liel Abada is generating a similar level with excitement. Also a winger - though he plays on the right side - and also 21, the Israel international has eight goals in all competitions and will want to steal the limelight away from Mudryk on Tuesday night.
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Key stats
- Celtic have won both of their previous home European matches against Shakhtar Donetsk, winning 1-0 and 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League group stages in 2004-05 and 2007-08 respectively.
- Shakhtar Donetsk have never won a UEFA Champions League away match against a British team, losing on eight of their nine total trips (D1). They did avoid defeat in the most recent one, however, drawing 1-1 against Manchester City in November 2019.
- If Celtic lose this match, they will become the first team in UEFA Champions League history to lose eight consecutive home games. Their current streak of seven straight home defeats is the joint-longest in the competition, along with a Monaco run ending in 2018-19.
- Celtic have only kept one clean sheet in their last 29 matches in the UEFA Champions League, with that coming in a win at Anderlecht in September 2017. Across these 29 matches, Celtic have conceded 70 goals at an average of 2.4 per game.
- Jota is the only Celtic player who has scored in the UEFA Champions League so far this season. He could become just the fifth player to score in consecutive games for the club in the competition, and first since Georgios Samaras in October 2012.