Celtic team vs Real Madrid confirmed: Giakoumakis starts, global TV details, instant reaction

By John McGinley

September 6, 2022

Manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed his Celtic team vs Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League tonight.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Hart, Juranovic, Jenz, Carter-Vickers, Taylor, McGregor, O’Riley, Hatate, Jota, Abada, Giakoumakis.

Substitutes – Bain, Siegrist, Kyogo, Haksabanovic, Mooy, Turnbull, McCarthy, Bernabei, Maeda, Forrest, Ralston, Welsh.

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It simply doesn’t get bigger than tonight. Playing the European champions. Playing Real Madrid. It’s the first time they’ve visited Celtic Park in 42 years. Celtic are up against it. But everyone is hoping something special can be pulled off.

The big call obviously comes in attack with Giorgos Giakoumakis comes into the eleven at the expense of Kyogo, who came out of the Rangers game with a shoulder knock. The Japanese star is at least on the bench if we need him.

Elsewhere, Moritz Jenz gets a big start after Carl Starfelt’s knee injury, while Liel Abada keeps his spot after a superstar performance in the derby. Let’s go!

Broadcast details

Tonight’s match is on BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate in the UK & Ireland.

Celtic don’t hold the rights to UEFA matches, even abroad, so the Celtic TV coverage will be audio-only to worldwide subscribers.

As you can imagine, however, this match is being broadcast all over the world as one of the biggest matches in football anywhere on the planet this week. In Australia, the match is being shown on Stan Sport. In the USA, you can find it on Stan Sport. A full list of global channels can be found on Live Soccer TV.

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Instant verdict on Celtic team vs Real Madrid

Tonight is about the team I expected. Although Kyogo returned to training yesterday, Postecoglou hinted with his comments and demeanour that he would more likely to start on the bench.

Abada over Daizen Maeda is a big call, just as it was in the derby. But I’m exciting to see what the youngster can do on the biggest stage after 15 months of improvement at Celtic.

Real Madrid were always going to be difficult. But we’ve fielded an attacking team ready to go at them. And I can’t wait to see it.

In other news, Matt O’Riley describes the defiant mood in Celtic dressing room ahead of Real Madrid.