Postecoglou's first Celtic starting XI confirmed; broadcast details, fans react

By David Walton

July 7, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has named his first and second Celtic XI for our first pre-season clash against Sheffield Wednesday, as per the club’s official website.

The two XIs are as follows:

First XI – Barkas, Montgomery, Murray, Welsh, Ralston, Soro, McInroy, Shaw, Henderson, Moffat, Ajeti

Second XI – Bain; O’Connor, Murray, Hjelde, McPherson, Connell, Otoo, Robertson, Afolabi, Coffey, Edouard.

As you would expect for a first pre-season game, the Celtic team has a youthful feel to it.

It’s great to get the chance to see Liam Shaw in particular, one of two new summer signings from Wednesday. Whilst it’s important not to expect a world-beating performance today, it’s a boost for fans to see him feature.

Elsewhere, it’s youth galore. Adam Montgomery, Dane Murray, Kerr McInroy, and Owen Moffat all make appearances after coming up from the youth ranks. Albian Ajeti, meanwhile, will be looking for a fresh start this season as he starts up top as captain. The second XI has yet more youth representation too.

The game will be split into three 30-minute periods. It will be interesting to see when the second XI is introduced.

Even if it is the first pre-season game of the campaign, there will be plenty looking to catch the eye.

Broadcast Details

Today’s match is free to watch on the club’s Pass to Paradise service for season-ticket holders.

Celtic TV subscribers will also be able to tune in and watch the game live. Kickoff is at 3pm.

Unfortunately, the game isn’t being broadcast on regular TV. Celtic TV and the Pass to Paradise offers the only route for Celtic fans view the game.

Sheffield Wednesday are also broadcasting the game via their iFollow streaming service.

Fan Reaction

As you would expect, the Celtic supporters are just delighted that the football is back.

The excitement of Postecoglou taking charge of a Celtic team for the first time is very much evident.

In addition to that, the prospect of seeing some of the younger prospects at the club as well as those who are looking for a fresh start this season has caught the attention of supporters.

Let’s take a look at some of the reaction: