Celtic team vs Hibs confirmed: Ange keeps it consistent with one change, global TV details, instant reaction

By John McGinley

December 28, 2022

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Hibs for tonight’s Scottish Premiership clash at Easter Road.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Hart, Hatate, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, McGregor, O’Riley, Mooy, Abada, Maeda, Kyogo.

Substitutes – Siegrist, Jenz, Giakoumakis, Jota, Bernabei, Abildgaard, Forrest, Vata, Juranovic.

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Tonight’s a big fixture heading into the new year’s derby. Celtic will want to maintain their lead at the top of the table, with Rangers facing a winnable game at Ibrox against Motherwell.

The Bhoys have been in winning form for the vast majority of the Scottish Premiership season and Postecoglou has named a team with the intent to add another three points.

There’s just one change from the weekend’s impressive win over St Johnstone as Liel Abada comes into the team for James Forrest.

Broadcast details

Tonight’s match is being broadcast on Sky Sports Football in the UK & Ireland.

Celtic TV are also carrying live coverage for overseas subscribers to the club service.

The game is also the featured fixture on the SPFL’s world feed meaning channels around the world are carrying the fixture. In Australia, viewers can find it on beIN Sports 2 while USA supporters can tune into the CBS Sports Network. A full list of global channels can be found on LiveSoccerTV.

BBC Radio Scotland will also be providing live audio commentary.

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Instant verdict on Celtic team vs Hibs

Tonight’s team is just about the one most people expected. In our predicted eleven earlier today, the only difference is Daizen Maeda featuring instead of Jota, but he’s earned his spot in the side.

With Josip Juranovic also involved again after the World Cup, the options on the bench are especially strong.

It’s fantastic to see young 17-year-old Rocco Vata also get a chance to work with the senior side after excellent progress with Celtic B.

Overall, it’s a squad full of talent ready to get the job done and there are no real concerns aside from a surprise omission of Sead Haksabanovic.

In other news, “That impacts on me a lot”; James Forrest hails Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team talks.