Celtic will be looking for their first Champions League win in five years when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.
The Hoops marked their return to Europe’s top flight with a valiant display against reigning champions Real Madrid which ultimately ended in defeat.
Ange Postecoglou’s side were level with the La Liga giants at half-time, but a subsequent masterclass from Luka Modric saw Madrid trail winners 3-0.
Shakhtar will prove a tough opponent on matchday two, having recorded an impressive 4-1 victory against Bundesliga club RB Leipzig last week.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic: talkSPORT commentary
This Champions League clash will take place on Wednesday, September 13, with kick-off scheduled for 5.45pm UK time.
talkSPORT 2 will have live coverage of the match, which takes place at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Comments will come from Alfie Reynolds and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland.
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Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic: Teams
Shakhtar: Turbin, Taylor, Bondar, Matvlyenko, Konoplia, Stepanenko, Zubkov, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Murdyk, Shved
Subs: Shevchenko, Pyatov, Traore, Krystov, Sikan, Mykhaylichenko, Kryskiv, Djurasek, Topalov, Ochretko, Kozik, Petriak
Celtic: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor, McGregor, O’Rilley, Hatate, Haksabanovic, Jota, Furuhashi
Subs: Bain, Sieghurst, Giakoumakis, Abada, Mooy, Turnbull, Maeda, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston, Welsh, Abildgaard
Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic: What was said?
Speaking after the loss to Madrid, Postecoglou said: “I feel determined, not optimistic. I feel that responsibility.
“I want us to be a Champions League football club. For that to happen we need to come out next week in a game that will be tough again, with nice margins, and be clinical in those kinds of areas. .
“It’s not about being optimistic or pessimistic about it, it’s about being determined to close that gap.”
Shakhtar Donetsk – Celtic: the facts of the match
- Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk was one of three players to be directly involved in three MD1 goals (one goal, two assists), along with Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski. Aged 21 years and 244 days, Mudryk was the youngest Shakhtar player to be directly involved in no less than three goals in a UEFA Champions League match since Douglas Costa in September 2010 (20 years 14 days against Braga). .
- Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has kept just a clean sheet in his last 13 away matches in the UEFA Champions League as he will look to keep his first on the road in the competition since December 2014 against Roma (for Manchester City).
- Marian Shved scored twice on his UEFA Champions League debut for Shakhtar Donetsk (against RB Leipzig), while no player has ever scored more in his first two appearances for the club in the competition.
- Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is still looking to score his first goal in major European competition (excluding qualifying), having played 12 times between his spell at AEK Athens and Celtic without scoring (six UEFA Europa League games, four in the UEFA Champions League and two in the UEFA Conference League).
- Following their win over RB Leipzig on MD1, Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to open a UEFA Champions League campaign with two wins. This only happened in 2010-11 and 2007-08, when one of their two wins this season came against Celtic, beating them 2-0 in a home game under Mircea Lucescu.
- It will be Celtic’s first away game in the UEFA Champions League since November 2017, when they suffered a 7-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain under Brendan Rodgers. The Bhoys have kept just one clean sheet in 33 away games in the competition, winning 3-0 against Anderlecht in 2017-18.
- Shakhtar Donetsk named six players aged 23 or younger in their starting XI in their 4-1 win over RB Leipzig on UEFA Champions League MD1 this season and the average age of their XI was not only 24 years and 180 days, the second youngest of any MD1 side behind only FC Salzburg.
- Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to win three consecutive home games against an opponent in European competition for the third time, having already done so against Roma in 2018 and Sporting Braga in 2016 (both three-game series).
- Celtic have lost their previous two away matches against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League, failing to score each time – 0-3 in October 2004 and 0-2 in September 2007.
- It will be the fifth time Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic have met in the group stage of a UEFA Champions League campaign, following 2004-05 (one win each) and 2007-08 (one win each).