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Win or Bust against Shakhtar

25 October 2022

Celtic play the last home game in this season’s Champions League when Shakhtar Donetsk visit Glasgow tonight.

With hopes of a Europa League place slim, a win over Shakhtar will keep the door open and also stop a home losing streak in the competition stretching over the last seven home matches. A win over Shakhtar and depending on the result between the Ukrainian’s and Leipzig could see a draw against Real Madrid secure third spot for Celtic and Europa League football. So it’s win or bust against Shakhtar.

Celtic have had several chances in every game played, indeed the first match against Donetsk in Poland, is a fine example of not taking our chances, we dominated that game and should have won.

Shakhtar had no game at the weekend and despite the war in Ukraine they are having a good season, they have played 7 league matches, winning 6 and drawn one. In the Champions League they have beaten Leipzig 4-1 in Germany and drew with Real Madrid  in the last round of matches in Poland. They lost in Spain 2-1. A win for Shakhtar could go a long way to them sealing 2nd place.


Celtic will still be without Jota, McGregor and Starfelt however David Turnbull could return.

Let’s get behind the bhoys, and roar the team on to a much needed win. If we can get the win and go into the last game with a chance of Europa League football then maybe the football Gods will shine on us and see a famous result in Madrid.

Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.