Giorgos Giakoumakis believes his Celtic side is ready to take on Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Greek forward started Celtic’s first Champions League game against Real Madrid and put in some shift.

Ange Postecoglou may revert back to Kyogo Furuhashi up top for the game tonight but Giakoumakis will likely be involved at some point during the match.

Although Celtic received plaudits from their performance they came away with nothing from the game and will be hoping to put some points on the board come the end of the match in Warsaw.

The group will have learned a lot of lessons after the 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid which Giakoumakis believes will stand the team in good stead going into this second game of the group.

“I think the team is well-prepared and our confidence is really high,” said Giorgos Giakoumakis speaking to Celtic TV. 

“We opened the group against Real Madrid and put in a very good performance but I think it wasn’t enough against that team.

“We played very well, so in this game now we have to try and collect some points and combine a good performance with trying to get some points.”

Ange Postecoglou will set his team up to win tonight in the Polish capital and is looking for a complete performance from his Celtic side.

“I think it helped us adjust in this Champions League group because we played against the best club in the world, so when you play against such strong teams I think it makes you stronger.

“Maybe we have to do something extra and I think we can do even better. I’m optimistic about this group that we can finish in the top two places.”

Many will feel that Celtic have to win the game tonight if they are to try and finish second in the group with Real Madrid being the favourites to top it.

Next up for Celtic will be back-to-back matches against RB Leipzig who will be rejuvenated with the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose.

It will be important that Celtic don’t lose tonight to make sure there is European football after Christmas.

“First of all, we believe a lot in ourselves and in the plan we have as a team and the squad.

“We are stronger as a team and it’s our second year working on this plan which makes us more confident and ambitious.

“It’s a really important game and we have to start collecting points. Our main goal is to win the three points and that’s what we will fight for.

“We have analysed the opponents and every game has its own points you have to adapt to in the game. We have to be ready and do anything possible to win the three points.”

Having not played at the weekend due to fixture postponements, Celtic will have had plenty of time to prepare for this clash against Shakhtar.




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