McDonald - Shakhtar is must win
Celtic's striker Scott McDonald believes nothing less than victory over Shakhtar Donetsk will do.
Last Updated: 27/11/07 6:26pm
Scott McDonald believes nothing less than victory over Shakhtar Donetsk will do if Celtic are to maintain high hopes of UEFA Champions League progress.
Celtic can book their place in the last 16 on Wednesday night, if they better Shakhtar's 2-0 win over them and Benfica fail to beat AC Milan.
However, McDonald is only focusing on earning the three points against Shakhtar to keep Celtic on track for the next phase.
"We are obviously very confident, our home form has been fantastic domestically as well as in Europe," McDonald said.
"First and foremost we need to get the three points and not worry about the head-to-head thing.
"It's just vital we get the win first. Shakhtar have got a home game after this and they have also been pretty formidable at home.
"It's not a foregone conclusion they will win that game but they will be strong favourites.
"It's important we go out there and try to get the three points and put ourselves in a good position."
McDonald has been in a rich-vein of form of late and the former Motherwell man is happy with the way things are going.
"Obviously of late the goals have been flying in," added McDonald. "Every game I go into, especially at Celtic Park, you always get a lot of chances and hopefully that will be the case again.
"I'm raring to go, full of confidence and I couldn't be in better shape."
McDonald is wary of the threat posed by Shakhtar after they beat Celtic 2-0 in the Ukraine earlier in the campaign.
"We are aware of the mistakes we made over there and we know they have exceptional players, players who can singularly turn a game," noted McDonald.
"We have got to be careful of that but we'll look to play attacking football like always at home.
"We take each game on its own merit. They played exceptionally well over there and deserved their win.
"We have gone on now and won two games, hopefully we can keep our home form going then it leaves it all open for the last game.
"It's not about revenge, we don't think like that, we will just play our normal game."