Celtic to play PSV and Shakhtar on winter break

Celtic are looking into playing in a tournament on their mini-winter break. Picture: SNS
Celtic are looking into playing in a tournament on their mini-winter break. Picture: SNS
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CELTIC will have their winter break plans confirmed tomorrow when Spanish organisers reveal details of the Maspalomas Cup in Gran Canaria.

The Parkhead side have postponed a game against St Johnstone on 10 January so they can head for a warmer climate and have a 12-day mid-season break.

They will face Dutch League leaders PSV Eindhoven and Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in a three-team mini-league. PSV manager Phillip Cocu said: “We play Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk in Spain – both good teams and opponents who will give us a good test.”

Last month, Celtic manager Ronny Deila confirmed the club were in talks about playing in the tournament. And organisers will hold a press conference tomorrow to confirm the details for the 30th anniversary of the tournament.

PSV played in the Maspalomas Cup last year with teams such as Germans Augsburg, Lokomotiv Plovdiv of Bulgaria and Chinese outfit Shanghai FC.

Last year, Celtic went to Turkey to play in the Antalya Winter Cup against Trabzonspor and Galatasaray before returning to seal another league title.


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Meanwhile, Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore has announced he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, pictured. Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans had an offer to train with his former club retracted last month following strong local opposition.

But Moore, who took over as boss of the bottom club in the Football League this week, has confirmed he could look to bring in 25-year-old Evans. After yesterday’s 1-1 home draw with Oxford, he said: “It’s a possibility. If it could happen, I would want it to happen. He is a proven scorer; he’s served his time and the boy wants to play football. If there is a chance he might come here, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t. He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn’t apologised in the right way – and I know he has an appeal case pending – but if he gets on the park, he would go a long way to getting us out of trouble.”

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright was outraged at the prospect. He said: “I really hope we don’t. I love my club, I love Hartlepool United. There’s a reason why no other team in the Football League wants to sign him.”


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