Celtic 3-2 Real Betis: Youthful and much-changed side end campaign on high

Ewan Henderson scored with his first touch off the bench to put Celtic 2-1 up
Ewan Henderson scored with his first touch off the bench to put Celtic 2-1 up

A much-changed and youthful Celtic ended their Europa League group campaign on a high with a dramatic home win over Spain’s Real Betis.

Already bound for the Conference League in February, manager Ange Postecoglou changed his entire starting team but they took an early lead through Stephen Welsh’s header.

Betis levelled twice following a spell of three goals in five minutes – including Ewan Henderson’s strike with his first touch – before David Turnbull’s decisive penalty.

Amid a run of seven games between now and 3 January, Postecoglou had rested his first-choice side but was forced to bring on Kyogo Furuhashi after 25 minutes when Albian Ajeti was removed with a muscle injury.

Crucially the Japanese forward was himself forced off after the break, while Nir Bitton and Osaze Urhoghide both managed to stay on despite clashing heads.

Celtic will now face one of eight second-place sides in the Conference League for the chance to play in the last-16 of Uefa’s new third-tier club competition, with Bayer Leverkusen and Betis having already sealed the top two spots in Group G.

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  1. Squad number29Player nameBain

  2. Squad number26Player nameUrhoghide

  3. Squad number6Player nameBitton

  4. Squad number57Player nameWelsh

  5. Squad number5Player nameScales

  6. Squad number12Player nameSoro

  7. Squad number16Player nameMcCarthy

  8. Squad number11Player nameAbada

  9. Squad number30Player nameShaw

  10. Squad number54Player nameMontgomery

  11. Squad number10Player nameAjeti

  1. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi

  2. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull

  3. Squad number19Player nameJohnston

  4. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

  5. Squad number52Player nameHenderson

Real Betis

  1. Squad number13Player nameRui Silva

  2. Squad number24Player nameRuibal

  3. Squad number16Player namePezzella

  4. Squad number3Player nameGonzález

  5. Squad number33Player nameMiranda

  6. Squad number4Player nameAkouokou

  7. Squad number14Player nameWilliam Carvalho

  8. Squad number20Player nameLainez

  9. Squad number17Player nameJoaquín

  10. Squad number11Player nameTello

  11. Squad number9Player nameIglesias

  1. Squad number2Player nameMontoya

  2. Squad number7Player nameJuanmi

  3. Squad number10Player nameCanales

  4. Squad number12Player nameWillian José

  5. Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Bain
  • 26Urhoghide
  • 6Bitton
  • 57Welsh
  • 5Scales
  • 12SoroBooked at 24minsSubstituted forTurnbullat 65′minutes
  • 16McCarthy
  • 11Abada
  • 30ShawBooked at 33minsSubstituted forMcGregorat 65′minutes
  • 54MontgomerySubstituted forJohnstonat 65′minutes
  • 10AjetiSubstituted forFuruhashiat 28′minutesSubstituted forHendersonat 71′minutes


  • 3Taylor
  • 8Furuhashi
  • 14Turnbull
  • 15Hart
  • 19Johnston
  • 42McGregor
  • 47Murray
  • 52Henderson
  • 71Oluwayemi
  • 88Juranovic

Real Betis

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Dantas da Silva
  • 24RuibalBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMontoyaat 76′minutes
  • 16PezzellaBooked at 49mins
  • 3González
  • 33MirandaSubstituted forMoreno Loperaat 76′minutes
  • 4Akouokou
  • 14William CarvalhoSubstituted forDa Silvaat 79′minutes
  • 20LainezBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCanalesat 64′minutes
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 11TelloSubstituted forJuanmiat 79′minutes
  • 9Iglesias


  • 2Montoya
  • 5Bartra
  • 6Ruiz
  • 7Juanmi
  • 10Canales
  • 12Da Silva
  • 15Moreno Lopera
  • 18Guardado
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 27González
  • 30Rebollo

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