Ayr United vs Celtic team news confirmed as Hoops fringe men get big chance

Celtic will be back in action tonight for the first time since defeating Rangers in the Scottish Cup final to wrap up a glorious double.

Brendan Rodgers takes his side down the west coast to face Ayr United in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2024/25 season. It's a special night for the hosts as they unveil their new Somerset Park stand and they'll be hoping for a bumper crowd to mark the occasion.

The home boss is of course none other than Scott Brown, who will be a familiar face to Rodgers, some of the visiting players and the fans. The Celts legend is heading into his first full campaign in charge of the Honest Men and will relish taking on his former club tonight.

Celtic are without Alistair Johnston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Anthony Ralston, Callum McGregor, Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda, Luis Palma and James Forrest after international duties and a number of fringe men will have the chance to impress. The teams are in and are as follows:

Ayr United starting XI: Stone, McAllister, Reading, Dowds, Dempsey, Oakley, Stanger, Henderson, McKenzie, Rus, McMann

Subs: Ecrepont, Musonda, Murdoch, Bryden, Syla, Walker, Tomlinson, Watret, Trialist GK, Trialist, Trialist

Celtic starting XI: Bain, Dede, Welsh, Nawrocki, Kobayashi, Tomoki, Ure, Holm, Kuhn, Kyle, Kyogo

Subs: Oluwayemi, Clarke, Yang, Oh, Kwn, Lawal, Frame, Murray, Agbaire, Bonnar, Donovan, Hatton