The Celtics were fearless and brave in the first half against Real Madrid, but the European champions kicked off the next team to hand the basketball team their first loss of the 2022-23 season. Their weekend game against Livingston was called off due to the Queen’s death, so the players have a few extra days to regroup ahead of their next Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Russian-Ukrainian war forced the Ukrainian team to play home games at the Polish Army Stadium. However, they topped Germany by beating mighty RB Leipzig. As things stand, the Celtics need to prepare for another serious challenge on Wednesday night, even though the game will be played at a neutral stadium.
Celtic 4-3-3 formation predicted to face Shakhtar Donetsk
After a clean sheet streak in the Premier League, Joe Hart conceded three goals against Los Blancos. It is likely to have frequent testing with free-flowing miners mid-week.
Karl Stafelt is ruled out for the next few days with a knee injury. Summer signing Moritz Janz is expected to retain his place in defense in depth in the absence of the Swedish centre-back and continue to be paired with Cameron Carter-Vickers at the heart of defence. Josip Djuranovic and Greg Taylor have both shown consistency and composure down the flanks, and they should stay at the back ahead of Anthony Ralston and Alessandro Bernabe.
Yosuke Ideguchi continues to be sidelined by endless injuries, but head coach Ange Postecoglou still has plenty of options in midfield. Captain Callum McGregor is expected to be removed from his role in deep tissue. His attributes of vision, distribution and reading the game will benefit both Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley, who could potentially fill the role of “8”. The duo had to dribble deep and make box-to-box runs in forward areas. Veterans Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull will likely be deployed at some point in the second half.
Kyogo Furuhashi has recovered from a sprained shoulder against Rangers. He made one appearance against Real Madrid but could replace Giorgos Giakoumakis to regain first-team status. Liel Abada is in very good form and his presence on the right could be a threat to the Miners defense. Filipe Jota should be on the left and Daizen Maeda, James Forrest and Sead Hakšabanović could be brought in from the bench if the situation calls for their involvement.