Celtic team vs Hearts confirmed: Kyogo on bench, broadcast details, fans react
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has named his team for tonight’s Scottish Premiership match vs Hearts, per the official website.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Bain: Taylor, Starfelt, Bitton, Ralston, Soro, Turnbull, Abada, McGregor, Forrest, Edouard.
Substitutes – Barkas, Furuhashi, Ajeti, Christie, Rogic, Montgomery, Welsh.
Three points are up for grabs tonight for the first time in Celtic’s season. After the disappointment of the Midtjylland tie, tonight is an opportunity to really kickstart the Postecoglou reign.
The headline news is of course a debut for Carl Starfelt in defence, alleviating an over-reliance on young, inexperienced players.
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Elsewhere, fellow new signing Kyogo Furuhashi is on the bench after coming through his quarantine period.
Meanwhile, Nir Bitton comes back into the side after his suspension.
Tonight’s match is not on the Pass To Paradise service as it’s away from home.
However, for subscribers outside the UK & Ireland, the fixture will be broadcast live on Celtic TV.
For those of us on these shores, the match is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports football.
The match is being shown on 48 channels in 72 countries in total, including the USA on Paramount+.
Fan reaction to Celtic team vs Hearts
As you can imagine, the inclusion of Starfelt in defence and Furuhashi on the bench is cause for much excitement amongst the support.
It already gives the match squad a better look, with less reliance on untested players.
The Swede faces a tough first match in Scotland but the team tonight should have the quality to see off Hearts. That’s the hope anyway.
These fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the team…
That’s the team I’d have picked, happy with that https://t.co/fskTTRqnqr— Brianmcj (@brianmcj) July 31, 2021
Right.— T (@DynamiteBar) July 31, 2021
Lets do this.
There’s goals in that team… https://t.co/EQLuBnoiEw— Ryan McGinlay (@TheRyanMcGinlay) July 31, 2021
Interesting line up.— AMCFC1888 (@AMCFC3) July 31, 2021
Kyogo on the bench 🙌 https://t.co/6BgBu8JcMa
Excited to see this side going forward with that front 4, hopefully fully firing tonight. Also have options of the bench with Kyogo and Christie too— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) July 31, 2021
Starfelt in straight from the start, fingers crossed we can see his impact tonight as well 🙌 https://t.co/SL09rhUpAg
That's a slightly unexpected lineup. Welsh and Christie I thought were guaranteed to be starters.— Steven Shearer (@StevenTCShearer) July 31, 2021
Nervous for this game, a good win here can dramatically increase the mood around Celtic. https://t.co/gKz0aFDbyN
He’s our Japanese bhoy 😎🍀 https://t.co/2he9bYClQe— Scott broadley (@Scottbroadley5) July 31, 2021
Not bad. Wouldn't have minded Ajeti over Eddy though. https://t.co/7rcgwCL8XL— Andrew V Watson (@andyvwatson) July 31, 2021