Date: 28th November 2007 at 3:24pm
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Celtic keeper Artur Boruc will face Shakhtar Donetsk after recovering from a painful toe, according to reports.

The Poland international missed Saturday’s win against Aberdeen because a fungal infection made kicking the ball impossible. It was initially thought Mark Brown would take Boruc’s place, but it now appears it will be business as usual for the crucial clash.

Paul Hartley, who missed the Aberdeen match with a viral infection, remains a slight doubt but reportedly looked far stronger in training today than he did yesterday. Boss Gordon Strachan had initially appeared concerned that the Hartley’s illness had sapped his strength sufficiently to keep him on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Scott McDonald is confident that Celtic have enough goals in them to cause Shakhtar problems tonight – though he only mentioned Chris Killen and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink as potential strike partners, which speaks volumes about the current pecking order.

The Australian striker told the club’s official site: “I will just be happy to be selected to start the match, but I think Jan and myself have been forming a good partnership of late.

“It’s great to see him back to full fitness. He had a few niggles, but he seems to have gotten over that and it was good to see him get a goal on Saturday.

“As a player, you just want to be selected. If I’m playing with Jan? Great. If it’s Chris Killen? Fantastic. The good thing is that we all seem to be gelling well and hopefully whoever plays will make a formidable partnership.”

Tonight’s match promises to be a tight affair, as Shakhtar have the ability to cause Celtic’s defence problems. While Ukraine was once considered something of a footballing backwater, the amount of investment Shakhtar have enjoyed suggests they are set to shoot up the European football ladder.

Probable teams

Celtic (4-4-2): Boruc; Caldwell, Kennedy, McManus, Naylor; Brown, Donati, Hartley, McGeady; McDonald, Vennegoor of Hesselink.

Shakhtar Donetsk (4-4-2): Pyatov; Kucher, Chygrynskiy, Ilsinho, Rat; Lewandowski, Duljaj, Jadson, Srna; Brandao, Lucarelli.


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