Celtic team vs Betis confirmed; Massive changes, TV details, fans react

By John McGinley

December 9, 2021

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Betis in the UEFA Europa League tonight, per the official club website.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Bain, Urhoghide, Bitton, Welsh, Scales, Soro, McCarthy, Shaw, Abada, Montgomery, Ajeti.

Substitutes – Hart, Oluwayemi, Taylor, Kyogo, Turnbull, Johnston, McGregor, Murray, Henderson, Juranovic.

There are low stakes against the Spaniards tonight. Celtic already know their European fate and it involves the newly formed Europa Conference League in the new year. And the team selection from the manager tonight reflects that.

Postecoglou has named a much-changed line-up with a number of fringe players getting a massive opportunity to impress.

There are debuts for Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, while Liam Scales also comes into the starting line-up.

It’s an exciting and fresh look. It will be very interesting to see how the team competes.

Broadcast details

Tonight’s match is not on the Pass To Paradise service as Celtic do not own the rights in UEFA competition.

That means there is also only audio commentary available to subscribers of Celtic TV worldwide.

However, the fixture is being shown on BT Sport 3.

BBC Radio Scotland will also be providing live audio commentary across their platforms.

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Fan reaction to Celtic team news vs Betis

There’s a sense of both excitement and trepidation about tonight’s team selection up against a La Liga outfit.

Obviously it’s effectively a second string, but given we don’t seem some of these players often, or at all, it’ll be brilliant to see if they can impress.

It could be the type of opportunity that Urhoghide or Shaw have been waiting for, while Scales and Albian Ajeti have the chance to force themselves into the manager’s plans too.

Ultimately the result doesn’t matter too much, so bring it on!

These fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on it all…

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