Celtic confirm supporters broadcast bonus as youngsters prepare for final UYL game

By Lewis Laird

October 31, 2022

Celtic have announced that the under-19s side’s final UEFA Youth League game against Real Madrid will be broadcast to Celtic TV subscribers.

It has been a difficult Champions League campaign for Ange Postecoglou’s side, who secured qualification to the competition by lifting the league title last season.

Alongside their own qualification, the first team squad also secured a place for the young Celtic side, who have been involved in the prestigious UEFA Youth League competition.

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The side, managed by the coaching duo of Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus, have had a busy campaign so far, competing in Lowland League and Premier League International cup action.

The Bhoys have also been on their travels across Europe in recent months, taking on Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk – who are, of course, the same teams the first team have played.

And they have also suffered a familiar fate, having already exited the completion with one game to spare. Sitting at the bottom of the group, the youngsters picked up three points from their first five outings, with the one victory coming against RB Leipzig in Germany.

Similar to Postecoglou and his squad, the young Hoops play their final match of the group stage on Wednesday as they take on the world-class academy side of Real Madrid.

Across the five European games that the Lennoxtown side has been involved in, only one of them has been broadcast live, with BT Sports choosing to showcase the opening game versus Los Blancos at Airdrie Stadium.

However, Celtic announced this afternoon that the final game of the group stage will also be broadcast live on Celtic TV to subscribers to the club’s channel.

Celtic looking to end group stage off on a high as they face tough Real Madrid test.

Although the last match-up between the two sides ended with Real Madrid coming away 6-0 winners, there was the caveat that Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus’ squad saw themselves go down to 10 men very early on.

In fact, the Bhoys had started that game out well and were looking to test the quality Madrid side. So, Wednesday afternoon offers them the opportunity to do exactly that.

It is bound to be an extremely tough test for the academy hopefuls, who are taking on the side that has picked up 13 points from the group and are already through in 1st place.

The Hoops are also looking to bounce back from a few frustrating defeats to RB Leipzig, Fulham, Shakhtar Donetsk and Cumbernauld Colts in recent weeks.

So, we wish them all the best of luck, and it should prove to be a fantastic occasion for all involved.

Kick-off is at 12 PM on Wednesday, with Celtic TV subscribers able to tune in to see the Bhoys in action.

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