Celtic team vs Bayer Leverkusen confirmed; Big return, TV details, fans react

By John McGinley

November 25, 2021

Manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team vs Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Europa League tonight, per the official club website.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Hart, Bitton, Kyogo, Turnbull, Jota, Carter-Vickers, McGregor, Forrest, Ralston, Welsh, Juranovic.

Substitutes – Bain, Oluwayemi, Scales, Ajeti, Abada, Soro, McCarthy, Johnston, Urhoghide, Shaw, Murray, Montgomery.

The manager has made one change to his team in Germany from the weekend’s semi-final against St Johnstone.

James Forrest comes into the team to replace Liel Abada after his impressive cameo and goalscoring appearance off the bench on Saturday. It’s his first start for over three months.

It’s a very attacking line-up as you’d expect and it’s clear there will be no fear from Celtic this evening in terms of taking the game to the Germans.

Ange believes Celtic will learn nothing from a defensive outlook, so let’s see what we can achieve against a Bundesliga team.

Broadcast details

Tonight’s match is live on BT Sport 3 in the UK & Ireland, with coverage and analysis presented from an empty Celtic Park due to the farcical situation regarding Chris Sutton and Ibrox.

Celtic TV do not hold broadcast rights so their coverage will be limited to audio for worldwide subscribers.

Elsewhere, BBC Radio Scotland will also be providing live commentary across their platforms.

Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images

Fan reaction to Celtic team vs Bayer Leverkusen

Fans are delighted to see Forrest involved, as you’d expect. Elsewhere, there’s a strong feeling this is about as good an eleven as we could field right now, taking into account injuries for Tom Rogic, Carl Starfelt and Christopher Jullien.

We have talent on the pitch tonight. Can they prove they’ve made massive progress since the 4-0 defeat at Celtic Park?

These supporters have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the line-up…

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