Where to watch Celtic vs Shakhtar as Hoops bid to keep Europa League hopes aliveCeltic have entered must win territory if they are to stand any chance of playing European football after Christmas. Ange Postecoglou and his troops head into matchday five of the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk looking to keep hopes of playing Europa League football alive after elimination from Europe's premier competition last time out. They trail Tuesday night's opponents by four points and know they must get a first win in the section to take things to the wire.
I thought it was military preparations. But then we started to read the news and check our phones. We realised the war had started. " Stepanenko was among a number of players who were able to leave the country, managing to flee with his young children, carrying just a suitcase. Following their escape, Shakhtar played a number of charity matches in Europe before returning to Ukraine for the start of the country's Premier League season. In September, they drew with Celtic in Warsaw - their Champions League matches being played in Poland due to safety concerns. Over the past few weeks, attacks on Kyiv and Lviv - where the team have been based of late - have increased. Without a permanent home, the players can spend up to 11 hours getting to and from matches, but some respite came when Shakhtar were allowed to call off their domestic game to prepare for the trip to Scotland.
Shakhtar 'have to win for country' against CelticTaras Stepanenko's Shakhtar drew with Celtic in Warsaw last monthChampions League: Celtic v Shakhtar DonetskVenue: Celtic Park, Glasgow Date: Tuesday, 25 October Time: 20:00 BSTCoverage: Listen to commentary on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sounds and follow live on the BBC Sport website & appWhen Shakhtar Donetsk captain Taras Stepanenko steps onto the pitch at Celtic Park on Tuesday, he'll be hoping to bring some cheer to the club's supporters in Ukraine. A Champions League fixture such as this one carries its own importance - not least given Shakhtar remain in the mix for a place in the last 16 - but these chances to represent their homeland means so much more to those travelling to Glasgow.
The Scottish champions have just one point from four outings to date - but they go into this clash off the back of a seven-goal thriller with Hearts at Tynecastle. It was VAR's debut weekend in Scotland and it disappoint with many big talking points and decisions coming under the microscope. Celtic's 4-3 triumph coupled up with Rangers home dropped points against Livingston means they now hold a four-point advantage at the top of the Premiership. Here's all the information you need for another big European night under the lights. READ MORE: Conor Hazard keeping Celtic 'dream' alive as he targets number one spot after Helsinki heroics What TV channel is the match on? Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk is LIVE on TV. The match will be shown live on BT Sport 3.
"Every big sporting event helps to take people's mind off things, even for just a little while, " Stepanenko tells the BBC. "Sometimes you can distract your brain from the situation, watch football and support your team. " The midfielder was in Ukraine when the Russian invasion started in February and can remember it vividly. "I got up at five in the morning and saw the first explosions on a factory or something like that, " he says. "I thought something had happened as my house was near a military base.
"We move from city to city and country to country. I can't say I stay in one place, " Stepanenko says. "It's quite difficult because usually you don't have time to recover. " Many of the players in the squad have risen through the ranks of Shakhtar's academy after most of the club's foreign players left at the start of the invasion, with a contingent of 15 dropping to three. "The academy players feel the spirit of the club, they feel the commitment of being citizens of Ukraine and they are like one collective, " Stepanenko says. "We're like a big family. " It's hoped that the Champions League will also help bring attention back to the ever-changing situation in Ukraine.
Celtic v Shakhtar Donetsk: Taras Stepanenko says Ukrainian Celtic's Champions League hopes over. But the Bhoys have a lot to fight for when they take on Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk at
Team news Celtic have been boosted by the return of David Turnbull and Carl Starfelt to first team training. Jota has missed a number of games lately and continues to train away from the main group. Callum McGregor remains a long-term absentee. Ange Postecoglou has rotated his squad of late and will likely make changes once again for this one. Kyogo Furuhashi and Josip Juranovic were unused subs in the weekend win over Hearts while Sead Haksabanovic, Liel Abada and Greg Taylor came on from the bench.
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