All you need to know about Celtic’s ‘Match for Cancer’ charity game

Stiliyan Petrov and Liverpool's James Milner promote the forthcoming 'A Match for Cancer' at Celtic Park. Picture: SNS Group
Stiliyan Petrov and Liverpool's James Milner promote the forthcoming 'A Match for Cancer' at Celtic Park. Picture: SNS Group
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A Stiliyan Petrov XI will play a James Milner XI this weekend, as the former Celtic and Aston Villa midfielder and current Liverpool man join forces to raise money for charity.

All the funds raised from the match and connected events will be donated to fighting cancer through the Celtic FC Foundation, The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation and The James Milner Foundation.

What time is kick off?

The match gets under way at 2pm on Saturday September 8.

How much are tickets?

Tickets cost £14 for adults and £6 for concessions.

Can I watch it on TV?

The match is ONLY being shown live on Celtic TV for overseas suscribers. UK and Ireland subscribers will have access to audio. Highlights will be shown on Liverpool’s LFCTV from 8.30pm.

Who’s playing?

A host of stars, some with Celtic connections and some without are due to take part in the exhibition game.

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who was at Celtic as a youngster, will play a half for both sides.

Which players are on Petrov’s team?

Artur Boruc - ex-Celtic and Poland international goalkeeper, now with AFC Bournemouth.

Tosh McKinlay - former Celtic and Hearts defender who played 72 times for Scotland.

Jackie McNamara - made more than 350 appearances for Celtic, was capped 33 times by Scotland and went onto manage Partick Thistle, Dundee United and York City.

Joos Valgaeren - former Belgium international who had spells with Roda JC, Club Brugge and Mechelen as well as Celtic. Capped 19 times for his country.

Johan Mjallby - big Swede who turned out more than 140 times for Celtic and AIK Stockholm, and captained Sweden at the 2002 World Cup before taking assistant manager role alongside Neil Lennon at Celtic Park and then Bolton.

Tom Boyd - Made more than 250 appearances for Motherwell, followed by a short stint at Chelsea before joining Celtic, with whom he played over 300 games. Capped 72 times for Scotland and is a member of the national team roll of honour.

Paulo Ferreira - Spent nine years at Chelsea and won 3 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League. 62 caps for Portugal and also turned out for Porto, Vitoria Setubal and Estoril.

Scott Brown - Current Celtic captain and former Scotland international. Is closing in on 500 appearances for the Hoops.

Gaizka Mendieta - Ex-Spain international who spent had spells with Valencia, Lazio, Barcelona and Middlesbrough, as well as making five appearances for the Basque Country regional team.

Lubo Moravcik - Another ex-Celt, Moravcik had spells in Slovakia, France, Germany and Japan and is now vice-president of the Slovakian FA. Played more than 120 times for Celtic between 1998 and 2002.

Gareth Barry - Still going strong at the age of 37 with West Brom, Barry can count Manchester City, Everton and Aston Villa among his former clubs, along with 53 caps for England over a 12-year spell.

Paddy McCourt - Dubbed the “Derry Pele” at his hometown club Derry City, McCourt lit up the Scottish top flight over 88 games for Celtic, scoring ten goals. Returned to the Candy Stripes to head up their youth academy earlier this year.

Stiliyan Petrov - Former Bulgarian international with over 100 caps. Played more than 300 times for Celtic before moving to Aston Villa where he made over 210 appearances. Battled acute leukaemia and got the all-clear in August 2012.

Simon Donnelly - Played 169 times for Celtic. Won one league title, one Scottish Cup and one League Cup. Had spells with Sheffield Wednesday, St Johnstone, Dunfermline and Partick, before coaching at Dundee United and York City.

Luis Garcia - Classy former Spanish international midfielder who had spells with Barcelona, Tenerife, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool during a 19-year career. Capped 20 times by Spain and five times by the Catalonia regional side.

Hristo Stoichkov - Prolific striker with CSKA Sofia and Barcelona, who also turned out for Parma and MLS sides Chicago Fire and DC United. Scored 37 goals in 83 Bulgaria games and later moved into management and football commentary.

John Hartson - Welsh international who cost Celtic £6m in 2001 after stints with Luton, Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon and Coventry. Played 201 times for Celtic, scoring 109 goals. Netted 14 in 51 for Wales.

Henrik Larsson - The Swede scored 242 goals in 313 games for Celtic over 7 seasons before moving on to Barcelona and Manchester United. Played 107 times for Sweden and was later linked with the Celtic manager’s job.

Robbie Keane - Record-breaking Irish striker who has had spells with Spurs, Liverpool, Leeds, Coventry, Inter Milan, LA Galaxy and Wolves as well as Celtic. Played 146 times for Ireland, scoring 68 goals.

Martin Compston - Actor known for Sweet Sixteen, Line of Duty and That Damned United. Big Celtic fan who was on Aberdeen and Morton’s books as a youngster.

Brendan Rodgers - Current Celtic boss, who preceded Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager, will oversee the Petrov XI for this clash.

Which players are on Milner’s team?

Chris Kirkland - Current Liverpool Women goalkeeping coach who had spells with Coventry, Liverpool, West Brom, Wigan, Leicester, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston. Capped once for England.

Stephen Warnock - Ex-Anfield youth who made 67 first team appearances for the Reds as well as loan spells at Bradford and Coventry. Joined Blackburn in 2006 before stints at Aston Villa, Bolton, Leeds, Derby, Wigan and Burton Albion.

John Arne Riise - Rampaging winger who turned out more than 330 times for Liverpool after spells with Monaco and Aalesund. Later turned out for Fulham, Roma, APOEL, Delhi Dynamos, Aalesund again and Chennaiyin. Capped 100 times by Norway.

Micah Richards - 13-times capped England defender who played 245 games for Man City before loan spell with Fiorentina and permanent move to Aston Villa, his current club.

John Terry - Former Chelsea and England captain, with over 700 appearances for the Blues and 78 caps. Last played with Aston Villa.

Joleon Lescott - 26-times capped England international with spells at Wolves, Everton, Manchester City, West Brom, Aston Villa, AEK Athens and Sunderland. Was linked with a move to Rangers in the summer of 2016.

Joan Capdevila - Former left back best known for his spells with Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal between 2000 and 2011. Also spent time with hometown side Tarrega, Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Benfica. Capped 60 times by Spain.

Jason McAteer - Former Ireland international with 52 caps who had 15-year career with Bolton, Liverpool, Blackburn, Sunderland and Tranmere.

Jamie Redknapp - Played over 300 games for Liverpool after beginning his career with Bournemouth. Moved on to Spurs, and lastly Southampton. Scored one goal for England and played 17 times.

James Milner - Has made over 120 appearances for Newcastle, Aston Villa, Man City and current club Liverpool. Won 61 caps and has 2 EPL titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and runners-up medals from Europa and Champions League.

Marcos Senna - Brazilian-born Spanish international who was part of team that won Euro 2008. Varied career took him from Corinthians to Villarreal (over 350 games) via Juventude and Sao Caetano. Ended his career with New York Cosmos.

Owen Hargreaves - Canada-born England international who represented Wales Under-19s and played most of his career in Germany. Won 4 German leagues, 3 German Cups, two Champions Leagues and one Premier League with Bayern Munich and Man Utd.

Emile Heskey - Star striker for Leicester who then became Liverpool’s record signing. Scored 60 times in 223 games for the Reds and had spells with Birmingham, Wigan, Aston Villa, Newcastle Jets in Australia and Bolton.

Dirk Kuyt - Legendary Dutch forward who starred for Utrecht and Feyenoord before joining Liverpool, where he scored 71 goals in 286 games. Continued success at Fenerbahce, and returned to Feyenoord. Capped 104 times by the Netherlands.

Jeremy Taylor - Freestyle footballer who runs an extremely successful YouTube channel - F2Freestylers - which has over 8 million subscribers.

Jurgen Klopp - Current Liverpool manager and former boss of Borussia Dortmund will lead Milner’s team in the charity showdown.