Celtic team vs Hearts confirmed; No Christie, broadcast details, fans react

By John McGinley

August 15, 2021

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Hearts in the Scottish League Cup today, per the official website.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Hart, Welsh, Ralston, Taylor, Starfelt, Rogic, Turnbull, McGregor, Furuhashi, Forrest, Edouard.

Substitutes – Bain, Bitton, Griffiths, Ajeti, Soro, McCarthy, Shaw, Montgomery, Urhoghide.

Today is not just an opportunity to progress into the quarter-finals of the competition, but a chance to show supporters just how much progress has been made in a short time at Celtic.

The opening night defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle was far from ideal, but Postecoglou’s Bhoys can really demonstrate they’ve turned a corner with a convincing performance and win today.

The manager has named a very strong eleven with Kyogo Furuhashi and Odsonne Edouard both starting.

On the bench, new Bhoy James McCarthy joins the match squad, potentially making his debut mid-match.

Broadcast details

Today’s match is not on the Pass To Paradise service as the fixture is not a league match.

However, Celtic TV are broadcasting the game for global subscribers outside of the UK and Ireland.

On these shores, it is the subscription channel Premier Sports that hold the rights.

Live audio commentary will also be found on BBC Radio Scotland.

In total, the match is on 20 channels in 29 countries, which you can find the details of here.

Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Fan reaction to Celtic team vs Hearts

Fans are excited to see both Kyogo and Edouard play together. It seems likely the Japanese star will feature from the left, with the Frenchman through the middle. However, the manager could flip those roles easily.

There’s an expectancy today, with the team very strong and the bench also loaded with talent. Let’s smash this mob Celtic!

These fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the selection…

In other news, Owen Moffat is making a strong case for promotion from Celtic B already.