Celtic team vs Aberdeen confirmed: Strongest possible, global broadcast details, instant reaction

By John McGinley

July 31, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Aberdeen in this afternoon’s Scottish Premiership opener.

The full match squad is as follows:

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

Substitutes – Siegrist, Jenz, Giakoumakis, Abada, Mooy, Turnbull, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston.

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Today’s a big chance for Celtic to show a vibrant stadium that all the work in pre-season is helping the team progress to a higher level than last year.

Postecoglou’s Bhoys have looked sharp throughout the summer, especially in attacking areas, but know that the only thing that matters is how you perform in a competitive setting.

The champions will want to set the tone for the season up against an Aberdeen team that has been playing well in the League Cup group stages and talking big in the media ahead of their Glasgow trip.

Broadcast details

Today’s match is being broadcast live in the UK & Ireland on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

Celtic TV are also carrying live coverage to global subscribers away from these shores. The ‘Pass To Paradise’ initiative for season ticket holders who cannot make the game is no longer running.

In the United States, viewers can watch on the CBS Sports Network, while in Australia, the match is on beIN Sports 3. In Japan, a new service is running on subscription streaming outlet SPOTV.

BBC Radio Scotland are providing a live audio broadcast, with radio coverage also available in Australia on SEN.

A full list of global channels showing the game can be found at Live Soccer TV.

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Instant verdict on Celtic team vs Aberdeen

For me, this is the strongest eleven the manager could have fielded today based on who is available. In fact, it’s the eleven we predicted would face the Dons earlier today.

So there are absolutely no complaints from me. I’m excited to see these combinations in action – Hatate and O’Riley, Jota and Juranovic, Kyogo and Maeda. It could be a thrilling afternoon for supporters.

It’s a notably strong bench too, full of international talent and potential debuts that can further excite the home fans. Postecoglou will likely make changes in the second half and all of them can make a big impact.

Bring on kick-off!

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