Impressive ticket sales in Warsaw for Celtic match as Shakhtar take Sunday flight for 3-day prep

By John McGinley

September 11, 2022

Shakhtar Donetsk appear to have sold well over 25,000 tickets for the upcoming match against Celtic in Warsaw, based on information from their ticketing website.

The Ukrainian side are still selling home-end briefs for the encounter in Poland, which they are playing outside of their homeland because of the Russian invasion.

At the time of publishing 2,229 tickets are still available for the visit of the Bhoys on Wednesday night, with a fair few of them likely to go before kick-off.

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Legia’s stadium holds just over 30,000 people, so taking the away end allocation into account, segregation, UEFA restrictions and hospitality into account, it suggests at least 25,000 have been sold to date.

Last month, we brought you the news that at least 18,000 three-match packages had been sold by the Ukrainian outfit, with strong uptake from local residents and Ukrainians living in Poland. It’s pretty impressive stuff considering the team have been displaced.

Tonight, Shakhtar flew from Ukraine to Warsaw to kick off their preparations early. They will spend the next couple of days training in Poland, with Celtic not due to travel until Tuesday.

The U19s side also travelled with the senior side, due to play Celtic in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday afternoon at Legia’s training centre.

Wednesday’s kick-off is at 18:45 local time, 17:45 in Glasgow.

It’s a fixture that will go a long way to determining Celtic’s ceiling in Group F. A point or a win and the race for a second-placed spot is on, while defeat will let the Bhoys know they’re in a battle to even finish third.

Bring on the challenge!

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