Celtic v Shakhtar late team news and probable line-ups - five changes, duo miss out, key man returns
Ange Postecoglou has rotated his starting 11 in recent weeks in a bid to nurse his squad through a busy October ahead of the winter break for the World Cup.
Qualification for the Champions League knock-out phase is no longer possible but Celtic can still finish third in their group and claim the consolation prize of dropping into the Europa League play-off for a place in the last 16.
With the prospect of European football beyond Christmas on the line, Postecoglou is likely to turn to his strongest available line-up which is likely to see up to five changes made from the side that claimed a 4-3 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.
Josip Juranovic, Greg Taylor, Saed Haskabanovic, Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada are all expected to be recalled with Anthony Ralston, Alexandro Bernabei, Daizen Maeda, James Forrest and Giorgos Giakoumakis likely to benched.
Celtic will have to do without two key players against Shakhtar for whom the match has come just too soon. Jota is back training following a muscle injury but will not be ready to face the Ukrainians after being named in Portugal’s provisional World Cup squad this week.
Likewise, defender Carl Starfelt is back on the training pitch following an injury picked up in the 4-0 win over Rangers at the start of September, but the Swede is not ready yet to be pitched back into action.
Captain Callum McGregor also remains sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out until after the World Cup, but the squad has been boosted by the return of midfielder David Turnbull after a fortnight on the sidelines.
Shakhtar will be without former Celtic winger Marian Shved and midfielder Yehor Nazaryna, who have not travelled to Scotland because of injury.
Celtic probable XI: Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor; Mooy, O’Riley, Hatate; Abada, Furuhashi, Haksabanovic.
Shakhtar probable XI: Trubin; Konoplya, Bondar, Matviyenko, Mykhailichenko; Stepanenko; Zubkov, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Mudryk; Traoré.
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