Celtic team vs Aberdeen confirmed, big attacking change, TV details, instant reaction

By David Walton

February 9, 2022

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, per the official club’s Twitter account.

The full match squad is as follows:

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

Substitutes – Bain, Scales, Welsh, Bitton, McCarthy, Rogic, Johnston, Forrest, Giakoumakis

Celtic are riding the crest of a wave at the moment, but it the momentum remains delicate. Failure to take another 3 points at Pittodrie tonight and questions again start getting asked.

This is another monumental challenge for Ange and the Bhoys, as they look to make it 7 straight wins in 2022. There’s also an expectancy to keep the goals flowing after scoring 7 in their last 2 games against Rangers and Motherwell respectively. But just bagging another victory is all that truly matters.

Ange has made 2 changes to the side from the weekend’s 4-0 win over Motherwell, with Matt O’Riley and Jota coming in for Tom Rogic and Giorgos Giakoumakis respectively.

The boss also appears to have handed Maeda the opportunity to start as the sole centre-forward. An interesting decision – here’s hoping it fires us to a big 3 points!

Broadcast details

Today’s match isn’t on the Pass to Paradise streaming service as it takes place away from home.

Unfortunately, the game has also been snubbed by Sky Sports for a round of Championship fixtures instead. That means the only way for UK and Ireland-based Celtic supporters to legally watch tonight’s game is through a subscription for Aberdeen’s PPV service.

The Dons are screening the match via Red TV. Celtic supporters can purchase the one-off game tonight for £13.99.

Celtic supporters outside of these shores, meanwhile, can watch the match live with a Celtic TV subscription.

Alternatively, BBC Scotland will be providing live audio and text coverage of tonight’s clash.

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Instant reaction to Celtic team vs Aberdeen

Yet more rotation from Ange but it’s hard to argue that the team looks even stronger than Sunday.

Jota coming into the XI after missing out against Motherwell will certainly increase the excitement levels for supporters heading into the game. The same goes for Maeda moving to centre-forward.

All changes made by Ange are ones that will get the Celtic support excited. O’Riley coming in for Rogic was to be expected. Especially when you consider Tom’s exploits in recent weeks for club and country.

There looks to be plenty of pace and power in that Celtic frontline. Clearly, the Aberdeen defence is going to be stretched and with the pace of Maeda in the final third, it would be surprising if we didn’t create plenty of opportunities tonight.

With a strong bench available if necessary, it’s no wonder there’s genuine excitement heading into this one. Come on the Hoops!

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