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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 16, 2007

In-form Jan plans first Celtic away victory

Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink shrugged off the Parkhead side's poor European record on the road as he looked forward to their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. The Dutchman scored twice on Saturday as the champions scored five against Inverness Caledonian Thistle to go top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for the first time this season. Despite their good form on the home front, the Hoops are still looking for that elusive away win in the Champions League. Last season they even managed to reach the last 16 of the tournament without taking a point away from home although the more than respectable 1-1 draw achieved against cash-rich Spartak Moscow in this season's qualifier helped them reach the group stages after a penalty shootout win at Celtic Park in the second leg. Celtic lost 3-0 in Donetsk in season 2004/05 but Vennegoor of Hesselink, who has reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven, refused to let Celtic's poor away form deflect from Tuesday's task. Asked about the previous defeat in Donetsk, the Dutchman said: 'They are not my memories, I've never been to Donetsk so I hope to change it into positive things. 'I'm feeling good. The whole team did a great job in the last few weeks, we are on a high right now and let's hope we continue it. 'It is a big game, it's the Champions League and that's where we want to be. 'It's going to be about details against Shakhtar and I hope we get a draw or a win although I know it's going to be difficult. 'It doesn't depend on one game but we have to think carefully about how we are going to play. 'I have to say I don't know much about them but in the next couple of days we are going to be watching videos and watching how they perform their set plays.' Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley, who was instrumental in Scotland's historic Euro 2008 qualifying win over France in Paris on Wednesday, accepts that he has to readjust to the vagaries of the Champions League. 'When you go away from home you sometimes have to change your style but I have a lot of confidence from the way Scotland played in midweek,' he said. 'But Shakhtar are top of their league and they have spent close to £30million on players so it will be a difficult game. 'But any game away in Europe is difficult and you always have a different approach. 'When you are at home you have to force the issue and try and win the game but when you go away you have to be a bit more cautious. 'But we are going well at the moment, we are scoring goals without conceding many so the confidence is really high.'

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