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CELTIC are facing reigning champions Real Madrid in their opening Champions League game TONIGHT.

The Bhoys are coming off the back of a 4-0 win over fierce Old Firm rivals Rangers, and will be brimming with confidence.

But Real are the European champions, having beaten Liverpool in last season's final in Paris to claim their 14th title.

  • Kick-off time: 8pm
  • Live stream/ TV channel: BT Sport 3
  • Celtic XI: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor, McGregor, O’Riley, Hatate, Jota, Abada, Giakoumakis
  • Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Tchouameni, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

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    Real Madrid Starting XI

    The visitors come armed with their best squad tonight for this encounter.

    Former Chelsea lads Hazard and Rudiger are both on the bench.

    Full XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Tchouameni, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

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    Celtic Starting XI

    The hosts have released their starting line up!

    The big news is that Kyogo is in the matchday squad after injuring his shoulder on Saturday.

    But the Japanese international sits on the bench.

    Loanee Moritz Jenz replaces injured Carl Starfelt at the back.

    Full XI: Hart; Juranovic, Jenz, Carter-Vickers, Taylor; McGregor, O' Riley, Hatate; Jota, Abada, Giakoumakis

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    • Celtic – 4/1
    • Draw – 10/3
    • Real Madrid – 6/10

    *Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at time of publication.

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      Postecoglou's four-sight

      Van Bronckhorst may have started to get nightmares of Celtic's 3-0 win at Parkhead in February when he went into the dressing room at half-time.

      This time he had the chance to make a comeback though.

      But despite looking to the bench with Scott Wright replacing Glen Kamara, the Dutchman couldn't turn things around in the second half.

      And it went from bad to worse as the Hoops made it FOUR in the second half through David Turnbull as the midfielder came on in a triple sub along with Daizen Maeda and Aaron Mooy.

      Despite losing a couple of key men, Postecoglou couldn't have asked for a better result than Saturday's one to prepare them for tonight's fixture.

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      Celtic's fine first half

      It took just eight minutes for Liel Abada to find the net.

      A quick throw-in from Jota picked out Matt O'Riley who then switched the ball across the face of goal and it was the Israeli winger who slotted the ball in the bottom corner after going unnoticed in the danger area.

      Celtic continued to stay in control and looked to double their lead as Rangers struggled to get a foothold of possession.

      And Jota was the man who scored their second after getting on the end of a brilliant pass from O'Riley yet again.

      The Portuguese trickster then lobbed goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin in the box to make it two.

      Rangers struggled in front of goal and Postecoglou's men dealt them a further sickening blow on the stroke of half-time.

      Abada made it two for himself and THREE for Celtic on the 40th minute as O'Riley made it a hat-trick of assists for the second week in a row.

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      Last time out

      Let's remind you of Celtic's last game shall we?

      Saturday's Old Firm derby went very well for the home side.

      A Liel Abada double helped blow Rangers aside with a 4-0 victory.

      It was a perfect outing for Ange Postecoglou's side ahead of their big kick-off against Real Madrid.

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      Good evening one and all

      Welcome to SunSport's coverage of this evening's Champions League opener at Celtic Park.

      We welcome a star-studded Real Madrid to Paradise tonight…

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