Celtic team vs Ross County confirmed: Hart absence, big changes, global TV details, instant reaction

By John McGinley

August 31, 2022

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Ross County in the Premier Sports Cup this evening.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Siegrist, Ralston, Welsh, Jenz, Bernabei, McGregor, Mooy, Turnbull, Abada, Maeda, Giakoumakis.

Substitutes – Bain, Starfelt, Kyogo, Haksabanovic, McCarthy, Jota, Hatate, Forrest, Juranovic.

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There is much rotation to tonight’s line-up, with Aaron Mooy, Ben Siegrist and Alexandro Bernabei all being handed their first competitive starts. Elsewhere, Giorgos Giakoumakis makes the eleven for the first time this season, as does Anthony Ralston.

Joe Hart is missing, likely as a result of his head knock and stitches at the weekend, but hopefully he’s back in action for the upcoming tests against Rangers and Real Madrid.

It’s undoubtedly an interesting line-up for supporters, who will be eager to see what kind of impact those who have been sitting on the sidelines make after being handed a big opportunity by the manager.

Global broadcast details

Tonight’s match is on Premier Sports 1 in the UK & Ireland.

Celtic TV are also carrying live coverage for subscribers worldwide away from these shores.

The fixture is also being carried across the SPFL’s world feed. In Australia, it’s on beIN Sports 1 while American supporters can turn on Paramount+. A full list of global channels can be found via Live Soccer TV.

BBC Radio Scotland are also providing live audio commentary.

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Instant reaction to Celtic team vs Ross County

I know a lot of people only predicted minor changes to the eleven tonight, but I actually expected this from Ange.

He hinted as much in his press conference yesterday, and a lot of these players have been bursting for a chance in the opening stages of the season.

Personally, I love an alternative eleven and getting a look at those who haven’t been featuring as much. From an entertainment perspective, it really freshens things up.

It’s also still a line-up more than capable of beating Ross County. The firepower on the bench is as good as it gets if we’re struggling with control of the match..

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