Celtic team vs Hearts confirmed; Big return, global TV details, instant reaction

By John McGinley

May 7, 2022

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

The full match squad is as follows:

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

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

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic can effectively seal the title with three points today. It would guarantee at least a six-point lead over Rangers heading into the final two games of the season.

The massive goal difference advantage means it’d be almost impossible for the Ibrox side to do what’s needed.

Postecoglou has made one change from last week’s team against Rangers, bringing David Turnbull back into the fold at the expense of Reo Hatate. It’s the midfielder’s first start since 19th December.

Elsewhere there are zero surprises. It’s a very strong eleven!

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Broadcast details

Today’s match is on the Pass To Paradise service for any season ticket holders unlucky enough not to make today’s game.

Celtic TV are broadcasting the game to subscribers outside of the UK & Ireland.

The fixture is also on Sky Sports Football.

BBC Radio Scotland are providing live audio commentary on their platforms.

In Australia, the match is on beIN Sports 1. In the USA, viewers can tune into the CBS Sports Network. A full list of global channels can be found via LiveSoccerTV.

Photo by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Instant verdict on Celtic team vs Hearts

I am surprised the manager has decided to bench Reo Hatate, but I’m not disappointed. Postecoglou has shown great faith in the Japanese star so far, so I expected that to continue.

However, Turnbull’s selection is a sound call and gives Hatate the rest many suspect he badly needs.

It’s easy to forget now but Turnbull was a huge player in the first half of the season, starting every match. We know he has the quality to get the job done today and I’m excited to see what he can offer after so long without a start.

The rest of the team is as strong as it gets in the absence of Josip Juranovic. With a bench packed full of talent too, this is a squad to take a huge step towards the title.

Bring it on!

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou brilliantly reverses rivals’ Europa League narrative.