Shakhtar: Celtic buoyed by Scotland victory

September 18, 2007

Shakhtar Donetsk's head coach Mircea Lucescu believes Scotland and Ukraine's contrasting results last week will have an effect on Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Celtic.

Ukraine crashed at home to Italy in their Euro 2008 qualifier as Group B opponents Scotland went top of the section with an historic 1-0 win over France in Paris.

The former Romania coach admits he was looking for a French win against Alex McLeish's men ahead of the visit of the Scottish champions.

He said: 'The result in Paris has helped the Scottish teams playing in the Champions League.

'I wanted Scotland to lose there!

'Celtic come here on a high because it was a great result for every player in Scotland.

'I know the effect that it has on players when they come back from their national team as either winners or losers.

'It's completely different and it's very difficult to work with them.

'I didn't see the France versus Scotland game because Ukraine and Romania were playing at the same time but it is a big problem because Ukraine lost to Italy and we have had to try and gee the players up.'

Lucescu was in charge of Donetsk three years ago when they beat Celtic 3-0 away from home in the group stages before losing 1-0 at Parkhead.

Neither side emerged from a section that included AC Milan and Barcelona but the Donetsk coach, who picked out Celtic keeper Artur Boruc as the one player he would like in his side, is not reading too much into that victory.

He said: 'When we played Celtic three seasons ago they had lost their opening match to Barcelona.

'When you lose your opening home match it is a disaster.

'You can lose away and come back but when you lose at home it is very difficult.

'I'm sure the match will be completely different this time.

'I know Celtic are a very disciplined team, they prepare very well and their use of the ball is very good now.'