Real Betis v Celtic: Team’s Up – Ralston returns, Montgomery and Soro start

Ange Postecoglou has named his side to play Real Betis in the Europa League with his options being severely limited with an injury hit squad. Tony Ralston returns and there’s a starting place for young Adam Montgomery. Albian Ajeti leads the line – he’s pretty much the only striker available at the moment. Big night for Soro standing in for Callum McGregor. The bench, just like on Saturday looks weak. Miracles do happen though so COYBIG

Real Betis: For Betis, this is where this European adventure starts – at the Benito Villamarín against Celtic this evening. The dream of their supporters is for Pellegrini’s men to go all the way to the final which is to be played some five kilometres from here at the home of arch-rivals Sevilla, the Sánchez-Pizjuán, on 18 May. But first things first…CELTIC.

Celtic: “I’m sitting in a room now surrounded by images of Martin O’Neill and the fantastic Celtic support that followed us there for that game, so it’s not lost on me. If you can create a special memory, it’s chronicled here and elevated to a status where the people involved can one day come back here in years to come and reflect on it,” Ange Postecoglou at his pre-match media conference before heading to Seville.

Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville (ESP)

Real Betis Team: Bravo, Motoya, Edgar, Victor Ruiz, Miranda, Guardado, Canales, Joaquin, Juanmi,Fekir, Borja Iglesias.

Subs: Rui Silva, Akouokou, Tello, William Jose, William Carvalhc, Alex Moreno, Pezzella, Bellerin, Rodriguez, Aitor Rubia, Roberto Gonzalez, Rodri.

Celtic Team: Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Montgomery, Juranovic, Turnbull, Rogic, Soro, Jota and Ajeti 

Substitutes: Barkas, Bain, Scales, McCarthy, Urhoghide, Shaw, Murray, Henderson, Welsh 

Match Officials: Referee Fran Jović CRO. Assistant referees Hrvoje Radić CRO and Luka Pušic CRO. Fourth official Mario Zebec CRO

Video Assistant Referee Bastian Dankert GER. Assistant Video Assistant Referee Stéphanie Frappart FRA

Kick-off is at 5.45pm and the match is live on BT Sport but with no Chris Sutton or Neil Lennon.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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