Confirmed: 2 class Celtic-minded pundits lined up for BT coverage tonight
There’ll be a treat for Celtic fans watching BT Sport’s coverage of the game against Ferencvaros, with Chris Sutton and Stiliyan Petrov on punditry duty.
Sutton confirmed the line-up earlier on Twitter.
Sutton, typically outspoken, has revealed himself as something of an Ange Evangelist (EvANGElist?) in recent weeks. He said that Celtic should definitely be aiming for Europa League progression. Also, the former Bhoys striker praised the manager’s recruitment, saying he’d done a “cracking job”.
The duo, who often set each other up for goals under Martin O’Neill, remain popular with the Celtic support. You could fairly confidently say either man wouldn’t need to pay for a pint on the Gallowgate, given their trophy hauls at Celtic Park.
Crucially, both know the game inside out. Especially where it pertains to Celtic, and neither are scared to give a frank opinion if they feel it’s needed.
Their teammate John Hartson, also a broadcaster with BT Sport, has announced that he’s arrived in Budapest, too. The Welshman said his flight was full of Celtic fans [Twitter], despite the Groupama Arena being out of bounds for tonight.
With Celtic needing three points to all but secure European football after Christmas, tonight really is colossal.
A win over Ferencvaros would put us on 6 points. A subsequent win over either Betis and Leverkusen could see us squeak through in second place. Failing that, the inaugural Europa Conference League represents a soft landing should we finish third.
Celtic fans await a punditry dream team on BT for Ferencvaros clash
There’ll be enough entertainment on the pitch, with two attacking teams seeking three points in Budapest.
But it’s good to know that before, at half-time and after the game, there’ll be Celtic fan favourites joining the broadcast. It is sad in a way, though – Scottish football fans miss BT Sport’s coverage of domestic action, for which guys like Chris Sutton were an integral part.
As for the game itself; Ange Postecoglou will need to shuffle his squad around.
Missing Carl Starfelt and Tom Rogic, two key players under the manager thus far, the likes of Stephen Welsh and Nir Bitton might be relied upon for defensive grit.
Up front, Kyogo and Jota will hope to build on a fantastic home display against the Hungarian champions.
It’ll be a great game either way. Now we know there’ll also be excellent discussion.