BBC to air vital Celtic v FK Jablonec clash on Thursday night

By Euan Davidson

August 3, 2021

Celtic’s trip to Jablonec is to be aired live on the BBC on Thursday night.

The Europa League qualifying clash had been without a confirmed broadcaster, but the BBC have announced that they have won the rights to show the game.

While Premier Sports have aired Champions League qualifiers and friendlies, it’s the national broadcaster who have muscled in on a chance to air Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.

The Bhoys have it all to do in the Czech Republic. After a disappointing defeat to FC Midtjylland in Champions League qualifying, the Europa League offers the next best option for European football.

To bolster the squad, Celtic announced the signings of Joe Hart and James McCarthy earlier today. Hart has already joined the squad, while McCarthy is set to wait until the Bhoys are back to meet his new teammates.

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The BBC announced the broadcast news on Twitter. It’s great for Celtic supporters, who can watch the game for free on terrestrial TV.

The broadcaster announced [BBC]:

“Celtic will be in the Czech Republic for the first leg of the third qualifying round tie, which kicks off at 16:45 BST.

“Charlie Mulgrew will join Steven Thompson for the BBC Scotland coverage from 16:30.”

Celtic have it all to do against Jablonec, but BBC announcement is good news

Some free football? We’ll take that, thanks.

It’s certainly been a while, or at least it feels like a while, since the Bhoys were last on terrestrial TV. It’s actually a surprise to see the Beeb committing to Europa League matches.

Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images

The famous Seville run was largely on the national broadcaster, but since then, the likes of BT and Sky have ruled the roost.

Whether the second leg will be broadcast the same way is unclear. So far, broadcasts from Celtic Park have been confined to either Premier Sports or the in-house broadcast platform at the club.

Either way, some good news for Hoops supporters ahead of a crucial Europa League tie.

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