Celtic derby team confirmed: Perfect eleven, global TV details, instant reaction

By John McGinley

May 1, 2022

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Rangers in the Scottish Premiership today.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, McGregor, Hatate, O’Riley, Jota, Maeda, Kyogo.

Substitutes – Bain, Bitton, Giakoumakis, Abada, Turnbull, McCarthy, Rogic, Forrest, Welsh.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Today’s as big as they come. Victory all but guarantees the title is heading back to Paradise while a Rangers victory brings them back into things with just three games remaining.

The manager has named an unchanged eleven from last week’s victory away to Ross County, clearly pleased with the energy and application he witnessed that day.

Nir Bitton returns to the bench after injury, while Josip Juranovic continues to nurse an injury.

Let’s get at them Bhoys!

Broadcast details

Today’s match is on the Pass To Paradise service for the season ticket holders unlucky enough not to be at the stadium today.

Celtic TV are also carrying live coverage for subscribers outside of the UK & Ireland.

Sky Sports are broadcasting the match on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

BBC Radio Scotland will be providing live audio commentary.

In Australia, the fixture is on beIN Sports 2. Viewers in the United States can watch via the CBS Sports Network. A full list of global channels can be found via LiveSoccerTV.

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Instant verdict on Celtic team vs Rangers

This was my preferred eleven for today’s encounter, as I discussed earlier this morning. I am delighted that the manager has gone for both Kyogo Furuhashi in attack and Matt O’Riley in midfield.

Choosing them over Giorgos Giakoumakis and Tom Rogic were the most difficult calls for the manager to make today but I think he’s got it spot on.

This team is dripping with attacking intent, pressing ability and creative excitement. If the team can harness the energy of the crowd early then we have a chance of putting Rangers on the back foot.

We have a really strong bench too. Not just Giakoumakis and Rogic, but the likes of Liel Abada and Bitton could also play a big role as the game progresses.

This is the unit to get the job done!

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant Celtic statement of intent ahead of derby clash.